SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

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 the audience could handle.
That show had percussion tearing into the territory of rock. Here we have an edgy little initiative about a gypsy girl who catches the eye of Napoleon.  Continue reading

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YANG FUDONG’S NEW WOMEN: COMMUNING WITH NEW FILMMAKING


Amidst all the buzz of anticipation about the Toronto Film Festival in September, something very quiet and very engaging has settled into the exhibition space at TIFF. Chinese visual artist and filmmaker, Yang Fudong, was commissioned by TIFF to develop a movie-related installation, and the result has arrived in the form of five screens showing silent, black and white movie vignettes of women in motion (masterfully lighted and filmed) in such a way as to live up to that little word with amazing depths—namely, “New.” Continue reading

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CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

I’ve been haunted of late by an amazing installation of films by Chinese visual artist, Yang Fudong, at the TIFF exhibition space. Titled, “New Women,” it will make an appearance on the I Desire blog this Friday. On first viewing these works, I was constantly impressed by the strenuous attention to details bringing off this amazement.
So today, in the spirit of that awesome and delightful project, I’m prompted to look into our collection of mountain graphics, and I’ll call this piece, Climb Every Mountain.
Here the envisioned trek conveys an uncompromising energy, thanks to the masterful Herbert Matter’s photographic deployment of composition, light and texture. Continue reading

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PLAYING FAVORITES: POSTERS WE CAN’T FORGET!

Through the years there have been graphics that, for various reasons, have touched us with unusual force. Most of them are long gone; but they still linger in our memory and, thereby, still help us along.
The Belgian moto shown above—by the great, all-round designer, Marcello Nizzoli— is as cool as it gets. Continue reading

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VINTAGE ADVERTISING FANS: THEY SPOKE TO MANY!

Women used to—and, in some parts of the world, they still do—counter sweltering days and nights with hand-driven fans. During the heyday of European art deco, paper versions of those devices would be provided with great (usually) poster graphics. Therefore, you’d have cooling relief and lucrative sizzle all wrapped up in one package. Moreover, the motion provided by the owner would bring about a version of the underlying dynamics of the vignettes of the graphic input.   Continue reading

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LOLA, AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL IN A NEW-FASHIONED FILM

Today we’re looking at a movie more than fifty years old, and as fresh as the day it was introduced in 1961. The fact that it has vanished from view as far as the world at large is concerned, lends to this fond retrieval something special. Continue reading

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GRAPHIC ART, GETTING INTO THE SEASON

This design is titled, “The Christmas Spirit;” and the designer, Marcel Vertes (among other things an Academy Award winner for art and costume design), has excitingly introduced with it a fascinating preoccupation to be found in the work of a great number of graphics exponents. Continue reading

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THE EDGY SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN—DESIGNING FOR BALANCE

You may think designing shoes would be a fairly straightforward craft. But one designer in that field has chosen to make it a mystery. And we can thank our lucky stars he has! Continue reading

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EXPLORING NEW PLACES, AS CELEBRATED BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

This is a time of the year when many of us become eager to break away from the familiar and immerse ourselves in the new and exciting.   Continue reading

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JAMES TURRELL: AN ARTIST SPANNING THE BIG AND THE SMALL

James Turrell is a California artist who brings to us the generally unsuspected sophistication of the wherewithal of the West Coast. His work is about the play of light, including sunlight, a commodity he would have been richly imbued with while growing up in the LA district of Pasadena. Continue reading

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