VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART AND GREAT EXPOS–MAKING SOMETHING BIG EVEN BIGGER

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Atherton; 30″ x 20″

Modern technology has enabled a proliferation of international events focussing upon excellence and the changes going on in current history. This poster graphic from one of the most memorably iconic attention getters deftly thrills to a cosmic event no one can afford to miss.

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Alex Redein (hand-signed); 21 ½” x 15 ½”

Celebrating with homespun charm the history of a great nation. Here the emphasis is upon perennial verities anchoring a volatile society.

 

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S. Martinez; 93″ x 55″

Spanish verve gets it all together every Spring during the Sevilla fiesta.

 

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Juan Miguel; 61″ x 41″

The same event as the one celebrated in the previous image—but this time its nocturnal glamor is set in relief to bring in happy hordes from far and near. The tension between old religiosity and new secular possibilities is a major asset coursing through the graphics from this event.

 

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E. Beaudoin; M. Lods; 39 1/2″ x 24 3/8″

This dazzling promotion of the Paris Design Expo of 1937 (arguable the last time France could display as self evident its being a world-leader) gives us a palpable revelation that urban energies were heading into a new and strange orbit.

 

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Hilden; 39” x 24 ¾”

Here a more down-to-earth outreach on behalf of extraordinary excitement.

 

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Din; 33” x 25”

The rise of architecturally grounded industrial design has been a key component in transcending in a disinterested way those ancient claims so apt to explode when challenged.

 

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Albert Staehle; 30 3/8″ x 20″

The 1939 New York Worlds Fair, once again. And here that effusive welcome proposes that the excitements outnumber the risks!

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De Losques; 14 3/4″ x 20 1/2″

The Spring milieus along the Mediterranean feature celebrities and their devil-may-care plunge into the future. The floral component of these “Battles of Flowers” gives a nod to the perennial graces of the region. (I think it’s interesting to compare the annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade with this, its older and perhaps more punchy, inspiration.)

 

 

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Anonymous; 10″ x 12 1/2″

Here’s a moderne promotion in league with drawing attention to a segment of history about to burst into unprecedented prominence.

 

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Georges Boutrou; 25″ x 17 5/8″

We’ll close with a hardly world-famous, but still strikingly time-and-craft sensitive ongoing celebration, namely, the Belle Époque annual exposure of current graphic art. This, now seemingly modest program (only running from 1894-1900) did in fact play a part in the avant-garde awakening of that era. Posters promoting the event, like the one here, were in themselves gracious and delicate insurrections.

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Every June now in Toronto, we have Luminato, a very ambitious arts festival. This year we’re particularly looking forward to the Pina Bausch Dance Company, from Germany.

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