Posts Tagged ‘books

14
May
12

Alvin Lustig : Illustrations (The Ghost in the Underblows)

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“Ghost in the Underblows” (1940) for Ward Ritchie Press, echoed Constructivist typecase
experiments from the early twenties yet revealed a distinctly native American aesthetic.

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‘The Ghost in the Underblows’
Typographical illustrations
Alvin Lustig
1940
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‘The Ghost in the Underblows’
Typographical illustrations
Alvin Lustig
1940
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‘The Ghost in the Underblows’
Typographical illustrations
Alvin Lustig
1940
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‘The Ghost in the Underblows’
Typographical illustrations
Alvin Lustig
1940
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‘The Ghost in the Underblows’
Typographical illustrations
Alvin Lustig
1940
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Alvin Lustig introduced principles of modern art to graphic design that have had a long-term influence on contemporary practice. He was in the vanguard of a relatively small group who fervently, indeed religiously, believed in the curative power of good design when applied to all aspects of American life. He was a generalist, and yet in the specific media in which he excelled he established standards that are viable today. If one were to reconstruct, based on photographs, Lustig’s 1949 exhibition at The Composing Room Gallery, in New York, the exhibits on view and the installation would be remarkably fresh, particularly in terms of the current trends in art-based imagery. Lustig created monuments of ingenuity and objects of aesthetic pleasure. Whereas graphic design history is replete with artifacts that define certain disciplines and are also works of art, for a design to be so considered it must overcome the vicissitudes of fashion and be accepted as an integral part of the visual language. Though Lustig would consider it a small part of his overall output, no single project is more significant in this sense than his 1949 paperback cover for Lorca: 3 Tragedies. It is a masterpiece of symbolic acuity, compositional strength and typographic craft that appears to be, consciously or not, the basis for a great many contemporary book jackets and paperback covers. [Extract : Born Modern by Steven Heller]

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Alvin Lustig : Website

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17
Apr
12

Robert Olsen : Paintings

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‘untitled’
gesso on canvas
11 x 19.5 in
2009
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‘untitled’
oil on panel
11 x 19.5 in
2010
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‘untitled’
gesso on canvas
11 x 19.5 in
2009
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‘untitled’
oil on panel
11 x 19.5 in
2010
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‘untitled’
gesso on canvas
11 x 19.5 in
2009
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‘untitled’
oil on panel
11 x 19.5 in
2010
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‘untitled’
gesso on canvas
11 x 19.5 in
2009
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Robert Olsen : Website

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05
Mar
11

Daniel Alcalá : Paper Cut Outs

Constructors II
graphite on paper cut out
51 x 63.5 cm
2009

Miami Landscape
graphite on paper cut out
50 x 50 cm
2009

México City landscape
graphite on paper cut out
33 x 33 cm
2009

Constructors I
graphite on paper cut out
60 x 63 cm
2009

American Landscape
graphite on paper cut out
30 x 30 cm
2009

N.Y. Billboard
graphite on paper cut out
34 x 32 cm
2008

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My work talks about the human being, not his image, but through the objects that surround him. my research starts from the elements that inhabit and define our everyday life. Those places, where the individual has contact and relationships with others, with the city, being the main player. To achieve this purpose i employ graphic media such as drawings, prints and hand cut paper works. Artist’s books, objects, installations and site-specific interventions also represent a very important part in my work.

Whilst maps, buildings, billboards, and cityscapes, also constitute an important body of my work. In my pieces there is a need to connect with the spectator, where using a minimum range of colors, i pretend to invite the viewer to come closer and discover the details. By doing this, i intend not only to reveal my experience reflected in the work, but also to propitiate a personal experience in each person.

[Extract : Arroniz-Arte Contemporary]

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Daniel Alcalá : Website

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16
Feb
11

Françoise Lucas : Photography

Françoise Lucas
“Movement”
photograph
2010

Françoise Lucas
“Particle”
photograph
2010

Françoise Lucas
“Disembodied”
photograph
2010

Françoise Lucas
“Sunless 1”
photograph
2010

Françoise Lucas
“Waiting to return”
photograph
2010

Françoise Lucas
“Le spectateur”
photograph
2011

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Françoise Lucas : More Works

Françoise Lucas : Photography Blog

Françoise Lucas : Rencontres (Book Preview)

Françoise Lucas : Couleurs de Marrakech (Book Preview)

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07
Feb
11

Beate Gütschow : “S” Series (Photographic Constructions)

S #2
C-Print, aluminum
142 cm x 122 cm
2005

S#11
Light jet print
180.1 x 232.2 cm
2005

S#14
Light Jet Print
180 x 267 cm
2005

S#17
Light Jet Print
69 x 84 cm
2006

‘untitled’
Light Jet Print
60 cm x 77 cm
2005

S#24
Light Jet Print
212 x 177 cm
2007

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Gütschow became known for her large-format landscape photographs, produced by assembling fragments of individual images on the computer. She has used this process to create her new black-and-white photographs. Her own photographs and others found in books and archives served as the basic material. The resulting images depict an unreal, apocalyptic world. We see uninhabited urban areas, fragments of civilization heaped on top of each other; empty lots are lined up, or are occupied by monumental buildings that once carried the weight of modern futurism. People are isolated islands in this inhospitable world: they appear alienated, lacking a tolerable way of keeping their lives together.

The images remind us of regions in crisis, but cannot be associated with a specific country or conflict. As do her panoramic landscapes, these urban scenarios disturb the viewer by their thoughtful treatment of remembered images. In breaking with reality, the images prompt us to look more carefully, impelling us to ask what lies behind the things we take for granted. The medium does not help us to place the images in a particular time period. Although black-and-white photography usually betokens authenticity or a documentary-like quality, the digital process turns the pictures into fiction. [Barbara Gross Galerie]

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Beate Gütschow : Website

Beate Gütschow : Katz Contemporary

Beate Gütschow : Barbara Gross Galerie




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