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FORTUNE AND THE EXCITING BEAUTIES UNDERLYING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

When it comes to vintage magazine graphics, we all tend to focus on the often breathtaking covers, and perhaps one or two ads and article illustrations that really pop. In conveying to you what amazing value inheres in such items … 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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MEDAL-WINNING OLYMPICS POSTERS !!

Olympics posters come to us as  a very mixed bag. Last week we were pleased to see  First Canadian Place, putting up some medal-worthy graphics for the non-stop sport center popping up in the foyer. 

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PATRIZIA MOROSO—BRINGING MYSTERY INTO FURNITURE

At first glance you might find this an unremarkable glimpse of modern chairs at a design show. But look again, at the details of these two chairs. In the foreground, the chair’s coloration traces (from left to right) an ebbing … Continue reading

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FERNET-BRANCA AND THE GLORIOUS RANGE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

Fernet-Branca (c.1895) ?Leopoldo Metlicovitz ; 73″ x 48″ This stunning and very unusual litho promoting (at the end of the nineteenth century) the Italian bitters which compose the product, Fernet-Branca, can carry us into an array of exciting considerations. 

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THE GREAT UPHEAVAL: ART PICTURING EARTHQUAKES

Over the past few years, there have been several exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario which excitingly provided close-ups of a plunge into a massive, disturbing and thrilling change in orientation from that of a longstanding mainstream rationality. Efforts … Continue reading

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ANNIE CLARK (ST. VINCENT) AND THE SLIPPERY ROAD TO THE NEXT THING

Sometimes we learn more from what disappoints us than from what excites us. For instance, there is a pop music phenomenon, recently lauded by the Smithsonian Magazine (and awarded, by them, an America Ingenuity recognition, in Performance Arts), who calls … Continue reading

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GEORGE BARBIER AND THE NECESSITY OF EXTRAVAGANCE

Paris’ reputation as the center of brilliant elegance was the upshot of a long history of ruthless efforts to, if not obviate a critical mass of rustic obtuseness, at least circumvent it. Versailles and the chateaux of the Loire valley … Continue reading

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NERI AND HU, JOINING WHO’S WHO!

Architects and industrial designers, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, have managed, ever so quietly (in a field not known for its diffidence), to provide us with a fascinating new slant on design’s speaking to questions of innovative cogency. Having been … Continue reading

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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.  

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