SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

THE INIMITABLE L’ILLUSTRATION!

Whereas now we have the internet to put us into a state of dazzlement about the creative energies of the whole wide world, 75 years ago there was L’Illustration, the flagship of the French fleet of vehicles of visual impact.   Continue reading
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THE ERTÉ TOUCH

Erté (Romain de Tirtoff [1892-1990]) declined to go along with the urging of his father, an admiral of the Russian fleet, to take up a military career; but, notwithstanding, his was an endeavor as a navigator and warrior, of a different kind. Continue reading

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A FORTUNE (OF GRAPHICS) IN FORTUNE (THE MAGAZINE)

                           Fortune February 1937  Antonio Petruccelli (cover artist)

Whereas in Europe, particularly France, the rapid advances in printing technology in the era closing out the 19th century and opening out the 20th century were promptly and gloriously pressed into the service of generating, over a fairly wide swatch of the population, excitement about the arts, in America the most remarkable instance of graphics taking flight on the pages of a magazine occurred on the pages of a business publication, called Fortune. Continue reading

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BJARKE INGELS AND THE NEW BIG


Bjarke Ingels is a young Danish architect who has generated a wealth of interest amongst those who look to architectural design to help pull us out of the protracted doldrums of public life, and private life. Continue reading

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BACK TO SCHOOL: PUTTING ONE’S BEST FOOT FORWARD!

                                                     A 50′s co-ed, working late! Continue reading

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A REAL DEAL THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT : KIM NGUYEN’S WAR WITCH

In 2011, Montreal filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, traveled to the Democratic Congo Republic to film his scenario/screenplay, War Witch. In 2012, it garnered Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture and Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2013, we still await distribution of this film in theatres, though a good DVD version is readily obtained. Continue reading

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MORE THAN A GAME: SPORTS AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

 

Oftentimes, it is the setting that provides the main delight within a sports moment. The football game occasion, eclipsed by miniature golf, which is in turn upstaged by the bumpin’ refreshment corridor. Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF LEOS CARAX

The past few days we’ve been at TIFF many times to see the full output of a largely unappreciated film master, Leos Carax (b. 1960). Here we shall only try to briefly get to the nub of this complex, incisive and thrilling art.Pictured first are the supernal Juliette Binoche and the astonishing Denis Lavant in that dazzling and demanding gift, The Lovers on the Pont Neuf (1991). Vagrants on Paris’ premier bridge, under renovation, these two breathtakingly pursue visions of dynamic cogency, and in so doing they suffuse us with the frisson and the elusiveness of innovation as mired in venerable grotesqueness. Those of us who know Robert Bresson’s Four Nights of a Dreamer have the opportunity to become enchanted by the more recent film’s brimming with eagerness to add fire to the great template’s melancholy recognition of the pervasive dullness of callow pretenders to launching a world of chivalry they imagine to pass for something new.   Continue reading

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OLD GRAPHICS, SURPRISINGLY YOUNG

Thank you for celebrating with us  our One-Hundredth I Desire Vintage Poster blog! We’ll take a look at graphics a hundred years old (and then some). Though they’ve been around quite a while, these works are far from obsolete.
Here Frank Hazenplug’s lithographic minutiae combine with stellar modelling to put to us now—as they did to others, then—that we have serious business with the prospect of tuning for maximum impact.  Continue reading

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THE LABEQUES: CLASSICAL MUSIC AND A CHANGING WORLD

Katia and Marielle Labeque, sisters, duo pianist virtuosos and celebrities, turned many heads in the classical music orbit of the 1980′s and 1990′s with their vivacious musicality coming out of a strong commitment to the music of George Gershwin. At that point they were widely noted as amazingly snappy dressers and occupants (or, rather, invaders) of the then quite stuffy concert stage by way of a register of movie-star kinetics.
Hitting the new millennium, however, they’ve pretty well dispensed with chic Art Deco in favor of Surrealist delirium. Katia, who was, back then, known to mess with jazz artists like Chick Corea, has now raised a sort of Jolly Roger amidst the placid harbor of classical concertizing, an attack going under the avant-gardist format, Minimal Dream House Project.  Continue reading

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