Monthly Archives: December 2012

DELIGHT IN THE NEW

Here we are, all impressed by the passage of another year and the advent of a world changing fast. We’re not going into the ominous connotations of that sentence—all too pressing for each of us. Instead, let’s delight in fine … Continue reading

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TEXTURES IN DAILY LIFE AND ARTWORKS

This being a season of sensual overload, I hope we’re all ready to consider how physical textures speak to us in a language we’re seldom alert to. For instance, the donkey I like very much and visit very often provides … Continue reading

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THE SPECIAL CHEER OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

Most of us no longer reach others by way of greeting cards, attached as we are to online communications. 

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A RANGE OF VIOLENCE

The recent catastrophe in Connecticut has driven all thoughtful people to reconsider the issue of violence. 

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FLYING HIGH WITH THE GOLDEN AGE OF MODERNIST GRAPHICS

Were we prone to cynicism and gloom, our thoughts at this time of exposure to visitors to design and retail giant, Fossil’s, website might run along lines of “15 Minutes of Fame.” + = FOSSIL FINDS

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THE PARIS PAINTINGS OF ALBERT MARQUET

Today I want to take a look at how Albert Marquet (1875-1947), a close friend of Henri Matisse and generally regarded as a second-rate practitioner of post-Impressionist painting, found his way to harmonics that still speak to us.

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ART NOUVEAU GRAPHICS

Today we’ll try to make amends for ignoring hitherto a great design endeavor, namely, Art Nouveau, particularly in its graphic desigm output. During its heyday in the period just before World War I, Art Nouveau thrilled to a new and … Continue reading

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A NOTABLE FILM FROM 2012

We’re going to look at several of the movies produced in the past year, with a view to what they tell us about where we are and where we’re going. Not long ago we touched upon Holy Motors, divulging very … Continue reading

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“Come Fly with Me”—VINTAGE TRAVEL BROCHURES

Not that long ago, if you were contemplating a trip—say, at Christmastime—you wouldn’t Google destinations and then take a virtual tour through a prospective hotel room. No, you’d go to a travel agency where there would be walls full of … Continue reading

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