Monthly Archives: September 2012

THE LONG SHADOWS OF SURREALISM

How often have we described something a bit odd as “surreal”? Usually, in bringing up that word, we are struck by a setting where the parts are seldom seen together. For instance, the recent film, Melancholia, sends us the following … Continue reading

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SURREALIST GRAPHICS by LUCIEN BOUCHER

Surrealism stems from French sensibility, that special carnal fastidiousness to be discerned in Impressionist painting (and so many other modern forms of art— Fauve, Cubist and post-Impressionist), Proust, Absurdist theatre and a gamut of design ranging from architecture to cuisine. … Continue reading

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A LITTLE STORY

Here’s a little story that begins in what seems to be firmly fixed in the heart of the performing arts—specifically dance—but actually extends to contemporary fiction, music and the whole galaxy of Surrealism, including Surrealist graphics. In 1986, the great … Continue reading

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Belle Epoque and Art Deco and Something Else

Two magnificent posters are in view today (over and above the two great works above, introducing the stars of the day), each celebrating the good life in vastly differing ways. We could leave the pairing as merely consisting of Belle … Continue reading

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MOVIN’ UP

For a few years now, we’ve been in the middle of a “building boom.” Hundreds of large condominiums have been put in place and onstream, and many office towers and hotels, as well as a heady replacement of performance arts … Continue reading

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ROLF ARMSTRONG (1889-1960)

ROLF ARMSTRONG (1889-1960)  Armstrong has been quoted as intent upon eliciting “all the glow, exuberance and spontaneous joy that leaps from a young and happy heart,” and in those of his works that are fully mastered he does indeed provide … Continue reading

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FRIDAYS ARE FOR FIRST THINGS

At the beginning of the week we’ll look at designs we can touch and buy and bring to some kind of order. On Fridays, we’ll Get Outside and roam around where the odds against order really bite. As an example … Continue reading

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GETTING STARTED: LAUNCHING OUR BLOG

In our blog about vintage graphic art which lifts off today, the hope is that we’ll all learn more about the excitement it brings. No one is in full control of that topic, and particularly the back and forth of … Continue reading

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DONALD BRUN (1909-1999)

There are extensive discussions about the work of the fabulous Donald Brun in our Poster Design file and Poster of the Month archives, but here I thought it would be fun to briefly point out features of his designs stemming … Continue reading

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