Monthly Archives: April 2013

POSTERS & PUBLICITY 1928: A FEAST OF COLOR, AND INVENTION!

One of the great gift parcels, coming to us from the efforts of graphic design annuals, consists of chromatically rich lithographic renditions (on deluxe paper) of poster art, in the British series, Posters and Publicity. The instance here, by the … Continue reading

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ENLIVENING THE EVERYDAY—GREAT PHOTOS IN VINTAGE MAGAZINES (PART ONE)

There is a special mojo to be found in enjoying the upshot of effectively photographing workaday entities, a shimmer that is all the more powerful in remaining bound to materiality. Today we want to look at this phenomenon glowing from … Continue reading

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LIFE AT SEA: NAUTICAL GRAPHICS THAT STAY ON COURSE!

                              Crociere Estate (1935) Gino Boccasile;11″ x 8 1/4″;B+,P There is something hard to describe but quite overwhelming about vintage graphics that capture the play of light on the high seas. The figure shown here could have caught some rays … Continue reading

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HOME ON THE FREEWAY: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI’S LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Shown here is one aspect of Tokyo today, the one, as it happens, which exiled Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, takes a remarkably close look at in his recent film, Like Someone in Love (2012). The Bar Rizzo is headquarters for … Continue reading

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MOBILIZING THE MASSES: GRAPHIC STRATEGIES IN TIMES OF WAR

                 Wings for Victory (1942)Manning de V. Lee; 33” x 16”;A-, P; calendar “Propaganda” is such an ugly word, don’t you think? Today we want to take a look at various ways graphic designers have elicited enthusiasm for unavoidable military … Continue reading

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A SEXY SURPRISE!

Here is an art deco toaster. A what?! Yes, even rather workaday home appliances became a mission for the deco imperative. The proportions are exquisite, the metalwork is a joy, the decorative touches are as chic as a prize lighter … Continue reading

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BIG AND BOLD: LARGE FORMAT CLASSIC POSTER ART

                   Deauville 1920s Jean-Gabriel Domergue;47 3/4″ x 64 3/4″;A, LOur commitment to small-format graphic design brilliance is unwavering; but we also know that voluminous graphic presence facilitates rewards unattainable by modest scale. Need a jump-start after a tangled day? How … Continue reading

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LIVING WALLS

Architectural design is something city dwellers tend to be as addicted to as they are to the jolts from their coffee shops. A bemusing and most absorbing instance of this devotion is the proliferation of upgrading tired facades with scintillating … Continue reading

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iPOD POSTERS:THE BEAT GOES ON

Vintage graphics, so heavily indebted as they are to their Parisian roots, have had, through the past century, a pronounced tilt toward the chic and the discreet. But the radical energies which brought about Parisian distinctiveness had their wild side—as … Continue reading

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