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Photography by Yoshiaki Tsutsui. ©2006 Axis Magazine


Alexander Gelman is an American designer, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist, based in New York and Tokyo. His work, widely shown around the world, is included
in public and private collections. Among them The Smithsonian Institution,
The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Bibliothèque National de France, Denver Art Museum and Hermitage. Employing various media for print, screen, sound and physical environments Gelman challenges the boundaries between art, science, philosophy, commerce and popular culture. His work, exemplified by stark impeccable simplicity,
is rich in conceptual complexity. Gelman frequently collaborates with musicians, artists and institutions. Gelman also serves as guest professor at Yale University and MIT Media Lab. He had authored a number of books, articles, and was a subject of several monographs. In 2001 Gelman was listed among  "the world's most influential modern and contemporary artists in all media” by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  


2013—Gelman/Satie Installation
at Haneda Airport, Tokyo


2012—Postglobal. Discovery Museum.
Haneda Airport, Tokyo

2012—Games.
Gallery Libby Sellers, London

2012—Games.
Art Basel, Gallery Libby Sellers, Basel

2012—Ephemera by Alexander Gelman.
Blind Gallery, Tokyo

2012—Shadows by Alexander Gelman.
Shirota, Tokyo


2011—Shadows by Alexander Gelman.
Imura, Kyoto


2010—Yakusugi.
Kyoto Art Fair, Kyoto

2010—Corner.
Installation at Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo

2009—Gelman’s Masterpieces.
Kakitsubata, Tokyo

2008—Gelman/Davis Collaboration.
Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo

2007—Little Black.
Installation at Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo  

2006—Treasure Map.
Alexander Gelman installation at CET, Tokyo

2005—Elemental Narratives.
3 large-scale installations at CET, Tokyo

2004—Collaboration with Idea Magazine.
Memes, New York

2004—The 4th International Ink Painting
Biennial of Shenzhen

2004—Gelman/Davis.
Andrew Rorth Gallery, New York

2004—Limited Run.
Andrew Rorth Gallery, New York




2011—Obscured by Clouds
(Sequencer, Tokyo/New York)

2011—Temptations,
(Sequencer, Tokyo/New York)

2011—Shadows
(Sequencer, Tokyo/New York)

2011—Chess Collectible,
(Sequencer, Tokyo/New York)

2011—35°38’ N 139°42’30” E
(Sequencer, Tokyo/New York)      

2010—Gelman’s Chess: The artisan
Experience (Globally Local Media)

2009—Postglobal
(PHP, Tokyo)

2009—Little Black
(Sequencer, Tokyo/New York)

2006—Alexander Gelman
(GGG, Tokyo)

2006—Gelman Thinks
(Browns, London)

2005—Elemental Narratives
(CET, Tokyo)

2004—Gelman/Davis
(PPP, New York)

2004—Infiltrate
(BIS, Amsterdam)

2001—Alexander Gelman
(China Youth Press, Beijing)

2000—Subtraction
(RotoVision, UK)




MoMA, New York
The Smithsonian
Bibliothèque National de France
Denver Art Museum
Aman Resorts

Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg




As communications’ strategy- and branding expert Gelman advises and leads strategic
efforts for companies, institutions and governments on solving complex organizational
and structural issues, involving business, technology and culture.

Throughout his nearly 30-year career Gelman helped revolutionize many methods
used in branding, marketing, journalism, publishing and business.

His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to global agencies, as well as media, municipalities and NPOs.

Most recently, Gelman undertook and completed his mission for modernising Tokyo Airport Haneda (HND), the Japan’s oldest and largest. With over 200 businesses
under his strategic and creative supervision, Haneda is currently listed among top
five airports in the world and placed at number one in several specific categories.



All Nippon Airways (ANA), AT&T, Apple, Chanel, Citi, GM, Japan Airlines (JAL), LVMH, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MTV, The New York Times, Nike, Nissan, Peugeot, P&G, Target, Seiko-Epson, Sony, Swatch, Uniqlo, Verizon, Wells Fargo



BBDO, DDB, Future Brand,
J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather,
Landor, TBWA Chiat/Day,
Young & Rubicam, Kessels Kramer



Since 2007—Principal/Proprietor,
Studio Glmn, Tokyo/New York

Since 2010—President/Executive Producer,
Subtraction Records, Tokyo/Berlin

2012 to 2016—Senior VP/Director
of Communication Strategy,
Tokyo Airport Haneda

2009 to 2011—Chairman,
Globally Local Media, Tokyo

2007 to 2009—Executive Editor.
Kateigaho International (KIE),
Sekai Bunka-sha, Tokyo

1999 to 2000—Creative Director,
Novo (New York)

1997 to 2007—President/Creative Director,
Design Machine, New York

1995 to 1996—Creative Director,
Swatch Design Lab, New York/Milan

1993 to 1995—Creative director,
Access Factory, New York



2003 to 2004—Founding member of The Simplicity
Consortium at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Media Laboratory. Cambridge, MA.

1999 to 2005—President of the U.S. Chapter
at Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)

1999 to 2005—Director of the International Executive
Committee, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI),
head of publications and media.

1998 to 2004—Member at the Design Advisory Committee
at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

1997 to 2003—Executive Officer at The Art Directors
Club (ADC), New York.



Gelman is a recipient of over 300 design awards,
including the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts,
American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Center
for Design, British Design & Art Direction, ID Annual
Design Review, and numerous international biennales.

2012—Best in Book Design
Tokyo Type Directors Club

2010—Grant Recipient
Japan Brand Award

2000—Finalist
Chrysler Design Award

2000—Finalist
The National Design Award

1999—Grand Prix
Golden Bee Poster Biennale



Since 2004—Resident Juror,
Tokyo Type Directors Club

2009—Chairman,
Howard Smith Design Award, London

2004—Chairman,
British Design and Art Direction, London

2003—Chairman, Design Jury,
Art Directors Club, New York



Gelman has lectured extensively
throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
He also taught classes and served as
adjunct faculty member at a number
of graduate and postgraduate programs.

Since 2002
Adjunct Professor/Visiting Critic
Yale University, New Heaven

2003—2004
Design Fellow
MIT, Media Lab. Cambridge, MA.

1999—2002
Adjunct Faculty
The Cooper Union School of Art, New York

1997—1999
Adjunct Faculty
School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York

1995—1997
Typography Instructor
Parsons School of Design, New York


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