Tag Archives: urbanity

GARAGE MURALS IN TORONTO–A SURPRISING BIG DEAL

Toronto does not have canals. But fairly recently it has shaked its butts to pile up some impressive load of canal boat decor. The trend along alleys to the north of hipster central is of the sweet and simple genre. … Continue reading

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PATTERN DESIGN WHEN THE GOING WAS ESPECIALLY GOOD

Our first instalment of enjoying textiles illustrated by major 20th century artists had to do with unlikely figures–Picasso and Warhol–doing justice to a rather obscure endeavor. (You don’t think of either of those luminaries avoiding the limelight.) In this second … Continue reading

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MID-CENTURY ARTISTS’ TEXTILES—FINE ARTISTS GETTING DOWN TO PATTERNS WITH POP!

Pop artist, Andy Warhol, was always about the pregnant vignette. Near the beginning of his career he availed himself of a windfall showcase in the form of a marketing angle conceived before the Second World War but only hitting its … Continue reading

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VINTAGE GRAPHICS ALERT TO MUSIC: First Cut

La Chanson au Volant 1934;Charles Roussel;14″ x 10 5/8″;A,P, Song Sheet Those of you who do dance clubs or otherwise access DJ incitements might have noticed how the aural powers lead the way to tempering tactile and optical presence. Bad … Continue reading

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DEBORAH COLKER’S MIX–A MODERN DESIGN ADVENTURE

For decades now, modern dance has been all about accelerating and enlarging the powers of motion. Many choreographers have readily and tellingly produced countless instances of rocketry and explosiveness in the form of bodies in extreme circumstances. The hunt has … Continue reading

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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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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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TIFF SELLS THE MOVIES—MARKETING DESIGN STRATEGIES

Film festivals are remarkable in many ways. The approach I want to explore a bit is the marketing apparatus one can dip into in order to post some semblance of “success” with a varied population. The chess game shown above … Continue reading

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