Monthly Archives: May 2013

THE ARCHITECTURE OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT—DARING TO BE DIFFERENT!

In the late nineteenth century, Chicago was a vigorous urban centre with many fortunes in the making. But, notwithstanding pockets of audacity in matters of taste, it was, in many ways, still a Prairie town with a critical mass of … Continue reading

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THE COLOR AGENDA OF VINTAGE LITHOGRAPHIC POSTERS

Lithography is an endlessly fascinating phenomenon; and not the least of its attractions is its delivery of eye and heart-popping coloration. The poster shown, is by one of the great lithographic colorists, Roger Broders. Here the upshot is a diversion … Continue reading

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LOOK OUT! CHICAGO’S CROWN FOUNTAIN

The Art Institute of Chicago has been a major world, as well as national, art museum for a long time now. Quite recently, however, it commissioned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, to produce a sculptural installation on the grounds of its … Continue reading

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AUSTIN COOPER’S FASCINATING BOOK , MAKING A POSTER

The career of graphic designer, Austin Cooper (1890-1964), may be characterized as enacting how British Canadians were, less than a hundred years ago. Born in the farming village of Souris, Manitoba, he hopped over to Montreal, and then to London, … Continue reading

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WONDERMENT SLIPPING AWAY: TERRENCE MALICK”S TO THE WONDER

It’s quite a challenge giving a quick sketch of a film narrative that is even more complex and subtle than a Dostoyevsky novel. But I think it’s important to alert as many thoughtful readers and viewers as possible to Terrence … Continue reading

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HIGH DRAMA— DANGEROUSLY THRILLING MOMENTS IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

                                  Harper’s Bazaar (March, 1940) A.M. CassandreFashion that was really edgy! Here we behold the business of exciting beauty coming up against the shadows of death-dealing military forces. Staying cool in face of the horror of the imminent Nazi Occupation, … Continue reading

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THE PROS ARE GETTING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER: TORONTO’S OCADU GRAD SHOW

One of the graphic design participants at last weekend’s Ontario College of Art and Design University grad show (quite a mouthful, but also quite a handful) was a bright and charming young woman with whom we spent a while expressing … Continue reading

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POSTERS AND PUBLICITY 1929—MORE AND MORE MARVELS

Extending beyond the delicious color priorities of the 1928 edition, the process here, in the production of one year later, applies itself to compositional matters. Here the poster for the Vienna Fair gives us a convening of stylized, streamlined ship, … Continue reading

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ZEROING IN UPON LIGHT AND SOUND

This month, the Design Exchange in Toronto has dipped into its permanent collection to present a show stemming from an extraordinary focus, among Canadian designers, upon light and sound, in order to evoke compelling aspects of contemporary life. Our first … Continue reading

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