Author Archives: Jim Clark

IT’S HERE—A SEASON OF JOIE DE VIVRE!

Joy to the world! Let’s explore the joys of Christmas as mustered by some of our most vivid graphics. The great pochoir shown here is about a city girl in love—not the least of which, with the holiday season. From … Continue reading

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GEORGE BARBIER–SPIRITING TRACES OF THE MODERN WORLD INTO OLD FRANCE

The deluxe cruise ship of a magazine that was L’Illustration, 80 or so years ago, was not simply a tireless and generous repository of visual arts and belles-lettres, but it was also a testing ground for modernists—especially graphic designers— looking … Continue reading

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GEORGE BARBIER AND THE NECESSITY OF EXTRAVAGANCE

Paris’ reputation as the center of brilliant elegance was the upshot of a long history of ruthless efforts to, if not obviate a critical mass of rustic obtuseness, at least circumvent it. Versailles and the chateaux of the Loire valley … Continue reading

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NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE PULSE OF AMERICA

For a number of decades, graphic artist. Norman Rockwell, sent forth a large quantity of illustrations which seemed— to most Americans and most non-Americans— to capture the essence of the Republic. This was a portrayal (to a great extent emanating … Continue reading

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NERI AND HU, JOINING WHO’S WHO!

Architects and industrial designers, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, have managed, ever so quietly (in a field not known for its diffidence), to provide us with a fascinating new slant on design’s speaking to questions of innovative cogency. Having been … Continue reading

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT:TORONTO’S RIPLEY AQUARIUM PROVIDES DEEP POETRY!

16,000 water-traversing creatures can affect you in surprising ways. There is their out-of-this-world cadence, configuration and color. And there are juxtapositions galore! 

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“GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM” THE DAVID BOWIE SHOW

The Art Gallery of Ontario, deftly following up on its Surreal Things show, has tapped into London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s rampage of a show, a wild and wonderful bundle of entities, pertaining to singer/songwriter PLUS, David Bowie (b. 1947). … Continue reading

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A BUTTERFLY STORY!

We found, in a Noel 1933  issue of L’Illustration, a lithographically illustrated article concerning a fabulous German collection of butterflies from around the world. The writer was an expert at Paris’ Museum of Natural History, ensconced in the unforgettable Jardin … Continue reading

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KNOWN FOR THEIR CARING—BRITISH VINTAGE GRAPHICS!

This exquisite lithographic poster, by the very accomplished and special, Austin Cooper, is a paradigm of vintage British graphics. There is the love for history, literacy and the land and sea. And there is modelling of persons in such a … Continue reading

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HERMES, BEING TOUCHED BY HEAVEN!

For a full week, the Design Exchange was graced by artisans in action and in interaction, from that Centre of the Sublime, Hermes.

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