Category Archives: Current Events

THE MEDITATIVE ARCHITECTURE OF MARLON BLACKWELL

St. Nicolas Eastern Church  Fayetteville, Arkansas   In a hive of architectural design like Toronto, you get the distinct impression that we’re blasting away from life as it was until quite recently. Sheer glass, astronomical size and eye-popping details comprise … Continue reading

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SLEEK AND GRITTY NOCTURNAL GRAPHIC DESIGNS  

Flying Over Avalon 1940;Ruehl Heckman;14 1/4” x 10 ½ ”;A, P I’ve always found the endeavors of those who work at night to be strangely special. Someone toiling in an office tower or studio after midnight comes to mind as … Continue reading

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DRESSED TO KILL—FORMAL ATTIRE IN GRAPHIC ART

Salem Gold 1914;Anonymous;10 1/8″ x 7 3/8″;A,P; litho from Die Reklame The Party Season is upon us; and we felt that showing vintage graphic art vignettes of serious party animals would be fun and edifying. In this instalment we’ll let … Continue reading

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ZELDA ILLUMINATES OUR COLLECTION!

This week, for the first time, our blog does not centre upon instances of graphic design redolent of an avant-garde of the early twentieth century. Instead we’re catching up with a current magazine which has delighted us for years now, … Continue reading

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WAY DOWN YONDER: A NEW DAY ON OLD TURF

We recently did some work with the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. This, we have found to our delight, is a remarkable collection of American and European painting, sculpture, decorative art, vintage graphic art and vintage books (historical … Continue reading

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MICHELANGELO AT THE AGO–RE-CHARGING THE SENSE OF RENAISSANCE MAN

The Art Gallery of Ontario has transported the opportunity to display a few dozen drawings by Michelangelo into a most stimulating embrace of the ancient-god-like artist’s enduring significance. Its exhibition strategy boldly maintains the parity of that giant’s architectural projects … Continue reading

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FALL FASHIONS OF LONG AGO—STILL YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME

  Salo de Creacions 1935;Gerard;19 ¼” x 13 ¼”;A, L Fall fashions and Halloween come together where we live, due to most of the population being intent on playing out (every day, every season) some variant of Road Warrior—a bit … Continue reading

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TORONTO’S NUIT BLANCHE and ART AS A PARTY!!

  This past Saturday night in Toronto was the occasion for the annual display of installations (hopefully wild), called Nuit  Blanche (White Night,12 hours non stop til 7 a.m.). We start with a dolled-up sales center to suggest how far … Continue reading

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ALEX COLVILLE AND THE QUESTION OF EVERYDAY LIFE

In face of the vast and fascinating output of paintings emanating from painter, Alex Colville (1920-2013), no one could miss its premium upon embracing a “mysterious,” unfamiliar side of familiar life. His strategy, in raising this matter, would seem to … Continue reading

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YUMMY! VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART IN RESTAURANT DECOR!

One of the most exciting kinds of projects at the outset of our vintage poster business was providing apt settings for restaurants. The phenomenon of enjoying a night of delicious food and wine in an inspired setting—inspired in the senses … Continue reading

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