SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

IRIS VAN HERPEN AND HER BREAKAWAY DECADE

You look for it, but it seldom comes–namely, output of a reflective warrior! In addition to Iris Van Herpen’s decade on the wild side, there is the second shock that the young Dutch visionary is a doyen of haute couture, not a field generally consulted for avant-garde investigation getting into the face of quantum physics dogmatists.

Iris Van Herpen, who, in a video at her current show in the Royal Ontario Museum alludes to having a background in “dance,” offers to us an advanced display of a dimension of dynamics never noticed in mainstream reasoning (but alive and well in cutting-edge thought and art). The fashion designs on tap here, feature compositions overrunning the apparel to the point of offshoots complementing the body per se, and thereby questioning the “identity” itself. This evocation pertains to the wearer’s alertness so far as engendering a field of energy interacting with oneself. Consequently, the compositions vividly evoke that expansion of the human into the cosmos.

This rigorous, mysterious and consequential artistry is supplemented by designers, engineers and architects with a genius for producing mechanisms responsive to one’s motions, and thereby eliciting responses from us. Particularly important to Van Herpen’s productions has been Toronto architect, Philip Beesley, a renowned builder of body-motion constructs as to a crucial space we all belong to, but seldom recognize.

(A sub-text of this work consists of Beesley et al regarding such innovations as rife with utopian, “artificial-intelligence” dividends, while the lady who knows better tends to darkness as well as light.)

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“GIVE A LITTLE WHISTLE” NORTH AMERICAN ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S PRODUCTIONS

Though in our searches in Europe for lilting graphic art, we have often thrilled to the remarkable resources of vintage children’s illustrated books, we find that our collection is almost empty of North American products. There is, however, a 78 rpm recording with a sleeve graced by a modernist design, which we acquired from a Canadian  source a long time ago, which opens a window on a very distinct sensibility by contrast to the French library still numerous in our inventory.

Our summertime whimsy (from 1954) involves the Walt Disney film, “Pinocchio,” in its soundtrack, to be precise. The cartooning of its graphic touch entirely eschews the subtleties making French illustration so memorable. But it carries post-War rural/ suburbia dash, augmented by the Bing Crosby fedora of that jaunty boss-sphere delivery. The only visual, has nothing to do with the Pinocchio classic.

But here’s the Disney  Give a Little Whistle recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vF8ooxOhNU

 

And a fantastic Side Two: Pony Boy Buffalo Gals : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKrJ3B0qXLM

 

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I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS ; INTERVIEW by the IVPDA

Meet Our Dealers: I Desire Vintage Posters IVPDA Interview Series
Name: Jim and Valerie Clark Website: www.idesirevintageposters.com
Telephone: 416-977-7932 Email: vintageclark@gmail.com
Address: 438 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – by Appointment

Why and when did you become a dealer?

We had a rather bizarre odyssey through arts and crafts
and philosophy before we became aware of vintage lithographic posters. Our initial exposure to posters in an antique shop in Soho during the Statue of Liberty re-dedication in 1986 made us realize that the styles we had grown to love were alive and well in vintage poster art. We quickly fell in love with the implications of the free-wheeling mavericks of Montmartre. Here was something we not only could embrace but also afford, and see ourselves seriously working with. Continue reading

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DOMESTICITY IN VINTAGE POSTER ART

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A pochoir tending to the home front comprises, for most people, an endless and fascinating endeavor. Thereby, when attracting a product, a graphic artist will often look to that scene for the means of winning over a customer to an attraction.

 

Those bare-bones of the matter actually, of course, afford myriad dramas and charms to delight not only the public but the artists themselves. (Family groups often bringing with them rich characteristics and dynamics wherever they go.)

Our first enticing instance shows so much in such a small range. The human figures telegraph hours of mutual affection and discovery. Their being  thus sensitive evokes admiration for not only their outlook but their apparel.   Continue reading

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THE ROLE OF LANDSCAPE IN POCHOIR VINTAGE GRAPHICS  

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Although we have been closely attending to pochoir art deco fashion plates for decades, it only occurred to us recently that a large percentage of those gems activate fascinating interplays between the very well-dressed figures and the equally very-notable landscape. The little cadre of big talents producing this unique gift was not content to flash chic folk in chic apparel on sale, with perfunctory attention to the surround. Being very bright, they were well aware that our surroundings were far more complex than the foliage of the Arts and Crafts rural moralists of the 19th century. Here were city slickers the slickness (and toughness) of which could plunge to a new mystery. Consequently, our first instance has to do with a manicured estate and manicured figures humbled by powers nearby. Continue reading

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THE MEDITERRANEAN FACTOR IN VINTAGE POSTER ART

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The extraordinary beauty and mystery of the various shores and skies of the Mediterranean Sea become, in the Golden Age of lithographic poster art, portrayals serving the dawning of the Age of Consumerism. When you consider the transactions involved in the evocation, one thing becomes remarkable—most of the experience is very short-term tourism. As a result, the presentations constitute remarkably intense seductions.

Another important consideration here, however, is, over and above the industry of quick fixes, the visitor who finds Mediterranean moments—including the natives—to last a lifetime. As we touch upon our poster resources, it would be useful to imagine which of the vignettes would reach far and which would reach less far.

Our first glimpse of the world’s most famous sea, finds it upstaged by an example of maritime speed and the agents who can put you aboard and perhaps sell you one. Perhaps the main connection to the Cote d’Azure is the craft’s being able to cover the region in an afternoon. “Ultra-Rapide,” yes. Ultra-lasting, doubtful.   Continue reading

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CATS AND DOGS (ON A PROMOTIONAL TEAR) IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS AND POSTERS 

First of all, the fact that cats and dogs carry a mystique that never ends translates into getting on the good side of prospective customers in the area of graphic art. Their grace and verve install them as powerful sights for sore eyes, and marketing machinations make hay accordingly. But, moreover, their special function as pets places us before them as family members, often in better standing than most of the two-legged relatives. Let’s see how these natural resources end up in the vast, the unique and the extinct Roman Candles known as vintage posters and vintage lithographs.

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“AMERICA, AMERICA!” AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC POSTERS  (PART TWO)

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Complementing the hyperactive campaign of American life, there is a vigorous endeavor to demonstrate that the US is not only the wildest, but also the most democratically refined place the world has ever seen. Though this, mythos involves as many holes of a Swiss cheese, there is enough evidence of widespread solicitude to sustain the paradox of rampaging gentility.

The premium upon Olympian foot-on-the-floor, tends to cherish the fit and the multi-tasking. Our first vintage graphic design along this tangent demonstrates fastidiousness about the needy, along with Calamity Jane risk.

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“AMERICA, AMERICA!” AS SEEN BY VINTAGE POSTERS  (PART ONE)

 

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Love it or hate it, America is a big story on this little planet! Graphic designers know that its non-stop show-time flicks out a special pop we can’t stop watching. In our two-part coverage of this extravaganza we’ll try to indicate the quality of vigor attaching to American life and how it has become a gold mine for graphic artists.

We begin with a vignette showing offshore resources from which Americans were not slow to consult, in the process of obviating their Puritan beginnings. A chic vehicle in the distance and an earthy performance in the forefront set in relief the poetic imperatives having become a must for a long time.

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IN TIME FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES: HOW SPORTS FIT IN, AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

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There are many sports moments for fun and many sports crescendos for profit. What could be more mainstream and easy to understand?

Actually, when you take a steady look at these phenomena, they get surprisingly complicated! For every activity of this kind there is a field of fun or for the sake of health and, on the other hand, a profit centre (which would not be without its dimension of fun). Perhaps, then, the most fascinating aspect of this world-wide mania is the wide range of motives it encompasses, and thereby the varied payoffs from the point of view of fans. (Win, at all cost, for civic pride; or evoke youthful graces; or a bit of both.)

“Up and Over,” then, becomes an apt opening inasmuch as it affords a quite simple, intimate factor within a maelstrom of dizzying cross-purposes. With neither friends, loved-ones, paying spectators (and, presumably, no priority of training for eventually making a splash with fan base) to get in the way, our fair lady delivers sheer dynamics, and the dashing beast increases the investment in something not on the order of mainstream life.  Continue reading

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