SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

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 des Plantes on the Eastern fringes of the City’s core.
As you can see from this introductory page, the issues of color and linear design are activated in an overwhelming and yet subtle way. 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 way as to capture a bountiful solicitude. 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. Continue reading
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SHEILA AND NICHOLAS PYE: SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND THEN SOME

Sheila and Nicholas Pye are an art partnership like none other. Married to each other, until a few years ago, they continue to produce videos and photographs that depict difficulties of love. But here we should drop all vestiges of journalism and get a bead on what is happening in their work—so glibly capsulized as “difficulties of love.” The fact that their work brings to us filmed enactments of themselves embodying impasse between a man and a woman does not by any means confine their effort to easy blues.

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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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