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Guns And Hate On MLK Day

Extremist militias and white nationalist groups are converging on Richmond, Virginia’s statehouse today, Martin Luther King day, to take a stand for gun rights — “or, in the words of some, to fan the flames of a civil war,” The Washington Post reported on Saturday. “I’ll be rolling in...

Cereal Killer Package Design

I wouldn’t blame you if you mistook the artifacts below for works of art. In fact, they would fit very well into a Chelsea gallery amid the contemporary artists now working with typography. A few of them also suggest concrete poetry. But no. These are progressive printing proofs for Kellogg’s prod...

Elvis Chwast Is In The Building

This gets my vote for the King of Elvis books. Just when you think Mr. Pelvis has been forgotten, he emerges in this stunningly entertaining illustrated The Mighty Elvis: A Graphic Bioigraphy by Seymour Chwast and Steven Brower. Chwast’s drawings and visual narratives bring new life to the old K...

There Will Never Be Another 2020 in Our Lifetime

 . . . Or ever, for that matter. But on a lighter note. . . Poul Lange has been pondering the new decade: “Everyone, who has been on Facebook for a while, has probably received one of those challenges: ‘Show one record cover that has been important to you every day for 2 weeks’, ‘Share a da...

AIGA Announces New Executive Director

The search—described by AIGA as “exhaustive” and taking more than a year—is over. AIGA announced today that the organization has landed a new executive director: Bennie F. Johnson.  Johnson comes to the role following his most recent position as chief strategy officer of the Council of Better Busine...

Illustrated Magazines, The Genius Thereof

Picture Magazines of the Times (Bildermaga Zin Der Zeit) (Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin) by Patrick Rössler is just what the doctor ordered today. In the 1920s, “The illustrated Magazine” was planned to be among the celebrated series of Bauhaus Books (Bauhausbücher). Edited by Moholy Nagy it w...

Spanish Fascists Were As Bad As Any Fascists

On July 18, 1936, Francisco Franco announced a military rebellion against the Spanish republic. After landing in Spain, Franco and his army marched toward Madrid. He became head of the rebel Nationalist government on October 1 but did not gain complete control of the country for more than thre...

Willem Sandberg’s Maverick Typography

Willem Sandberg (1897-1984) was a typographic maverick until the day he died. Much of his most signature work were catalogues and posters, often designed in the evenings and weekends. Sandberg was the director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum from 1945 to 1962, and his association with the lo...

Stunt Typography

Publishing today. From Louise Fili’s and The Daily Heller’s latest book, Vintage Graphic Design (Allworth Press) comes this cautionary note: “Type well used is invisible as type, just as the perfect talking voice is the unnoticed vehicle for the transmission of words, ideas,” wrote typ...

From Florence With Sketchbooks

Stephen Alcorn, through his annual Global Education Program, Florence Revealed: Drawing from The Wellspring of History, offers his VCUarts students a unique opportunity each summer to work and study with him in Italy in one of the world’s most historic cities, Florence. The DH takes this o...

Bringing Out The Best And Worst

Donald J. Trump brings out the best and worst in people, especially satirists. The best is spot on visual satire and worst is spot on visual satire. Jeff Gates, an artist, writer and graphic designer, was lead designer at the Smithsonian Institute from 1998 to 2018. He is the creator of the ...

Mainstreaming the Mainframe

Do You Compute? Selling Tech from the Atomic Age to the Y2K Bug 1950 -1999 (Hat and Beard Press) is a illuminating anthology of advertisements that helped promote and launch the computer revolution. Is written and edited by Ryan Mungia with an introduction by me. Like so many words and images,...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ