Monthly Archives: July 2013

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

I’ve been haunted of late by an amazing installation of films by Chinese visual artist, Yang Fudong, at the TIFF exhibition space. Titled, “New Women,” it will make an appearance on the I Desire blog this Friday. On first viewing … Continue reading

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PLAYING FAVORITES: POSTERS WE CAN’T FORGET!

Through the years there have been graphics that, for various reasons, have touched us with unusual force. Most of them are long gone; but they still linger in our memory and, thereby, still help us along. The Belgian moto shown … Continue reading

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VINTAGE ADVERTISING FANS: THEY SPOKE TO MANY!

Women used to—and, in some parts of the world, they still do—counter sweltering days and nights with hand-driven fans. During the heyday of European art deco, paper versions of those devices would be provided with great (usually) poster graphics. Therefore, … Continue reading

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LOLA, AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL IN A NEW-FASHIONED FILM

Today we’re looking at a movie more than fifty years old, and as fresh as the day it was introduced in 1961. The fact that it has vanished from view as far as the world at large is concerned, lends … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC ART, GETTING INTO THE SEASON

This design is titled, “The Christmas Spirit;” and the designer, Marcel Vertes (among other things an Academy Award winner for art and costume design), has excitingly introduced with it a fascinating preoccupation to be found in the work of a … Continue reading

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THE EDGY SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN—DESIGNING FOR BALANCE

You may think designing shoes would be a fairly straightforward craft. But one designer in that field has chosen to make it a mystery. And we can thank our lucky stars he has!

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EXPLORING NEW PLACES, AS CELEBRATED BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

This is a time of the year when many of us become eager to break away from the familiar and immerse ourselves in the new and exciting.  

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JAMES TURRELL: AN ARTIST SPANNING THE BIG AND THE SMALL

James Turrell is a California artist who brings to us the generally unsuspected sophistication of the wherewithal of the West Coast. His work is about the play of light, including sunlight, a commodity he would have been richly imbued with … Continue reading

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!

PETER EWART (1918-2001) During his studies in the late 1930s, at the Commercial Illustration Studio in New York, Ewart became especially fascinated by poster luminaries, A.M. Cassandre (eg. Normandie) and Tom Purvis (eg.Austin Reed).

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