Category Archives: Surrealist Posters&Graphics

BASQUIAT: MORE THAN MEETS THE LAZY EYE

At the Art Gallery of Ontario these days, we come face-to-face with the puzzling phenomenon of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Starting out in the 1970s as a teen-aged New York City graffiti presence in the anything-goes Lower East Side, he graduated … 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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MAKING WAVES IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC  ART

This bustling locomotive, in addition to being a rare and somewhat oddly satisfying vintage poster, is a cue to looking closely at the varied and intriguing means of putting across motion (that delicious phenomenon) in eye-and-heart-catching visual advertisements. It may … Continue reading

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COMING OF AGE—ON THE SILVER SCREEN AND IN ORIGINAL VINTAGE POSTERS

Buy U.S. War Stamps Bonds 1942; Al Parker; 20” x 14 ¼”; A-,L The film, BOYHOOD, is a coming-of-age creation, with a difference. It particularly reminds us that in the golden era of graphic design (and right up to the present) this irresistible … Continue reading

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THE ELEMENT OF DARKNESS IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC DESIGN

Chicago Go Greyhound c. 1960 ; Rod Ruth; 40” x 30”; A-, P Nocturnal imagery has a long-standing record of providing special impacts. In the vintage poster shown above, it lends an aura of mystery to the skyline of Chicago, the better to illuminate … Continue reading

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SURREALIST GRAPHIC ART—BIGGER THAN YOU THINK!

We’ve gotten together before, on this blog site, to mutually marvel at the impact of original vintage poster art with a Surrealist twist, as an ardent exponent of some of the most incisive reflections upon the subject and lifeline of … Continue reading

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TIGHT SPOTS—AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

We’ve had a (3-point) shot of excitement and dashed hopes these days, courtesy of the basketball Raptors of Toronto (“WE THE NORTH”). Playoff fever is a phenomenon worth thinking about, at an historical juncture where professional team sports have, to … Continue reading

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THE RISE OF PAIN IN DREAMS—PHARRELL WILLIAMS GETS SERIOUS

Billy Wilder made movies (like Some Like It Hot) and collected modern classical paintings. Pharrell Williams makes songs like “Happy” and collects figurines that could not be called happy. In fact they could be called Surrealist, with all the toil … Continue reading

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ROSE ET NOIR (UPBEAT AND DOWNBEAT)

L’Ombre de la Liberte (1931)Paul Iribe;12  ½” x 10”;litho I of IX from Rose et Noir In 1931, the Nicolas Paris-based wine store chain, produced a deluxe lithographic project , titled, Rose et Noir. This effort was a bid to … Continue reading

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THE MUSIC OF GRAPHIC ART

Last week we attended a musical event that ruffled a lot of feathers. It will be covered in some detail on Friday’s blog; but, for now, suffice it to say that the percussive aspect was more than most members of … Continue reading

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