Archive for the ‘American’ Category

Fillmore Posters

November 20, 2009

Bill Graham & the Fillmore Poster Origin- San Francisco Mime Troupe Nov. 5, 1965- Bill Graham’s first small poster- simple with hand-printed calligraphy, stated info

“after the fifties and early sixties with their years of repressive morality, etiquette and grooming codes, creative people were essentially in need of a big “hairy” change.” pg. 11

scene evolves from Beat and Folkies to beginnings of Haight-Ashbury Acid Rock culture

young culture breaks loose in January ’66 in San Francisco Psychedelic Renaissance- questioning of all known concepts

“That was the trip. And that is why posters became beautiful and blossomed and flourished: because they had to say everything. They couldn’t just tell you the information about the show. They had to tell you what kind of people you might meet, what kind of far out trip you might have or perhaps even reveal the mysteries of the universe. Wow. Quantum mechanics, visual mudwrestling, Acid Test pop quiz on a phone pole!”

“You could give your own pad some ‘atmosphere’, some appeal. The beautiful hallucinatory images and illusive feelings that artist tried to capture on paper were alluring. Hundreds of thousands of copies of these posters began selling and dissemination to empathetic souls throughout the realm.”

First Venues were Red Dog Saloon + The Fillmore Mime Troupe Benefits (Bill Graham), The Merry Pranksters (groups on LSD trying to spread psychedelic lifestyle)

Psychedelic art forms: costume, free-form dancing, the light show, the poster

theory behind psychedelic phenomena: mind normally serves as a reducing valve- regulate our experience: order it into categories, set the pace of input, and filter out sensory impressions psychedelic drugs undo all that; flooding mind w impressions

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Hollywood Cliche’s

November 6, 2009

More articles by Otto Buj.  American; French; Polish

“Overcooked cliches for movie posters have been served up by Hollywood admen since the silent era. Pressured to appeal to as many potential ticket buyers as possible, studio posters played it safe by blowing up the head of a bankable celebrity or spotlighting a signature moment of romance or action. For that reason, the history of American poster design is dominated by endless tiresome formulas.”  From Otto Buj’s article Buy American, linked above.

French film poster design suffered a similar fate. Cinema was considered entertainment for the lower class in France and so the high poster art tradition of Lautrec and Cheret was reserved only for operas, cabarets and music halls. By the French point of view, only a safe and literal approach to film marketing would be understood by the lower classes.

Polish designers, on the other hand, rejected state imposed social-realism and drew upon the dark and obsessive tradition of Polish Romanticism. Poland enjoyed a “golden age of movie-poster design” from the 50’s to the mid 70’s. 

For your consideration I present this 1963 Polish film poster for Hitchcock’s The Birds, designed by  Bronislaw Zelek. Notice the complete absence of celebrity cameos.

The Birds

60’s Poster Art

November 6, 2009

The 1960s revolutionized the design, purpose, and collecting of posters, turning low-cost advertising products into decorative statements of one’s personal affiliations and launching a second poster craze. As images of film celebrities, rock bands, and political activists wallpapered dorm rooms within the rapidly expanding collegiate demographic, poster vendors flourished, and the press took notice. Hilton Kramer called it “Postermania” in the New York Times.

While celebrity and activist images were often photographic, much of the poster art of the 1960s sported a radical new look. On the East Coast, the disparate artists of New York’s Push Pin Studios promoted innovation, ignoring Bauhaus-inspired spareness and turning toward more decorative precursors. Milton Glaser’s Dylan quickly became an icon of the era. Psychedelic West Coast rock posters, characterized by swirling colors and illegible lettering, successfully evoked the burgeoning counterculture and were collected throughout the nation and overseas.

National Portrait Gallery

Milton Glaser on Posters video

October 30, 2009

Chronology of Poster Art + Point of View Reflections

October 30, 2009

printmaking

woodcut> intaglio> color lithography> technology huge impact on poster art

color litho- all printing and non-printing layers are at same level (unlike relief and intaglio); based on repellence of oil & water

litho invented 1798, almost immediate attempts to use color by running plate for each color, registration made difficult

peak usage between affordable production cost 1880’s to availability of photography in beginning of 20th cent.

University of Delaware Library, Special Collections

http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/color/lithogr.htm

last modified 5/5/09

American posters- highly collectable since posters were being produced- limited ed. poster books “The Modern Poster” (1895) 1000 editioned, reinforced craze

American posters publicized books; posters began outselling books they were advertising> no longer produced

Read the Sun poster (for the Sun Newspaper) Louis J. Read

poster parties

advertised bicycles, food and wine, cafes and restaurants, cabaret and circus

many talented women poster artists in golden age of poster, but male dominated artform bc of women’s position in society at time

Ethel Reed, Florence Lundborg, Evelyn Rumsey Cary

sexist essay about Ethel Reed in The Poster November, 1898 “women have no orginiality of thought, and that literature and music have no feminine character, but surely women know how to observe, and what they se is quite different from that which men see, and the art which they put in their gestures in their dresses, in the decoration of their environment, is sufficient to give us the idea of an instinctive and peculiar genius which each of them possesses

coincided with rising popularity of magazines- The Century, Scriber’s, Harper’s Weekly

Maxfield Parish, Edward Penfield

Point of View-

consistent theme throughout poster illustration is the use of poster to advertise book, music, theater, lifestyle media. Embraced by middle class bc both were available and affordable to them in large quantity. More disposable income for leisure activities like reading and theater-going. Posters had low production costs, which made mass production possible. Paris poster artists of late 19th century took the gallery from the Academie to the streets with large scale, colorful reproductions widely available and free. People could collect beautiful imagery like never before.

Rebelled against Academie- seedy subject matter vs. classical painting subjects

reproducible image w print material vs. one-of-a-kind painting with traditional material

public, middle-class audience; wide exposure vs. Academie, art-critic, & high art inner circle; exclusive exposure

flat imagery, simplified line, bold color, abstract/modified shape vs. traditional painting techniques (form, perspective, local color usage, composition)

incorporation of text w/ imagery vs. no text

Cafe life- Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, : all contemporaries of eachother, hung out in cafes and created art (alternative to formal Academie)

drew eachother> they appear in eachother’s work

P.O.V.- Toulouse-Lautrec & Cafe Life

Went out into world he fit into bc of his situation (aristocrat+handicapped> underground cabaret & cafe scene)

prostitutes & brothels- only relationships he had, respected them & depicted their life> prostitution in 1890’s was at its peak; common stage in woman’s life to be prostitute at time & place

captured his surroundings & contributed to thriving theater scene bc of illustrations; fueled image of bruant, avril, etc

immersed in culture, observed, depicted, and propelled his scene

TL an example being where and as you are supposed to be at the right time- artists fate

technology, social changes

filters through which you look at through topic

poster emulates, epitomizes era- social issues, there whether you like it or not; documenting history- very time

>propaganda- war posters

>entertainment- music, lifestyle, theater


pierre bonnard

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Poster.

The origins of the poster can be traced back to the early playbills and other typographical announcements that were pasted on walls indiscriminately to attract the public’s attention.

used thick and varied lettering creatively> visual impact

mall French handbill of 1800 with illustration and lettering advertising Bonne Bièrre de Mars (see Abdy, p. 6) may be regarded as one of the forerunners of the poster

large-scale signboards that appear in a print of 1721 of St Bartholomew’s Fair, London (London, Guildhall), also anticipate modern street advertising

1761 an edict issued in France by Louis XV ordered that similar boards should be fixed to walls for safety, thus in a sense creating the billboard

directly from lithographic designs in journals and magazines executed by professional illustrators

France, from 1834, Paul Gavarni worked for the periodical Le Charivari producing a number of lively, popular illustrations that attracted the notice of artists and public alike

J.-J. Grandville Les Metamorphoses du jour (Paris, 1829)>antecedent of much of the Surrealist-inspired poster art of the 1930s and 1950s; Grandville’s use of bizarre humour was an early contribution to the content and imagery of popular posters in the 19th century, where word-play and whimsy were frequent factors

Edouard Manet, however, who produced the most quoted link between the book-page advertisement and the broad style of poster imagery with his poster for the illustrated edition of Champfleury’s Les Chats (1868; New York, MOMA) The design incorporates typography with a small lithographed illustration of cats on a rooftop, executed in flat, simplified shapes derived from Japanese print

influence of prints become source for Art Nouveau

Lautrec’s slightly disturbing but original style earned him the reputation of being probably the best-known poster artist of all time. An important aspect of his contribution to the history of the poster was his reduction of form to flat, simple pattern in a small range of strong colours, making the designs powerful enough to withstand reproduction on cheap paper and to be highly memorable

by 1890’s Art Nouveau became element of posters> Eugene Grasset Salon des Cent: Exposition (1894; New York, MOMA) – depicts girl’s head & hand holding a flower, heavy outline (reminiscent of stained glass; Alphonse Mucha of Bohemia, decorative, all posters for Sarah Bernhardt + her costumes & decor for productions

American- economic woodblock, huge scale; cruder in concept than contemporary european posters. Grasset visited & influenced US style> Edward PenfieldHarper’s & Collier’s; The Chap Book Thanksgiving Number one of most popular posters

Fred Walker wood-engraved, b&w poster 1871 for The Woman in White (New York, MOMA)

“Beggarstaff Brothers”- William Nicholson & James Pryde– limited ed. woodcut & lithography posters, flat colours & massed forms, Girl on a Sofa- reproduced in German magazine 1914, interest to designers in Germany; Tom Purvis (1920’s & 30’s)

Britain- mostly concerned w humorous versions of the best work in Paris; John Hassall (1868-1948) Dudley Hardy

In Belgium there were a number of artists who designed original posters. They included Henri Meunier (1873–1922), Victor Mignot (1872–1944) and Privat-Livemont (1861–1936). Although their styles were highly individual, there is a common element of accurate draughtsmanship linked to ideas derived from the Symbolist movement that distinguishes work in both Belgium and the Netherlands from much of the work in Paris.

Leonetto Capiello, an artist of Italian origin who worked in Paris, brought a new concept to poster design relying on a single motif placed against a plain background, for example in his Chocolat Klaus (1903)

Among the many other German artists who produced outstanding posters were Julius Klinger (1876–1950), Paul Scheurich (1883–1945), Julius Gipkens (b 1883), Peter Behrens and Hans Rudi Erdt (1883–1918).

During World War I posters were produced by the countries involved not only for recruitment or for soliciting support for War Loans but also for protest. Käthe Kollwitz in Germany and Jules Abel Faivre (1867–1945) in France; Alfred Leete (1882–1933) in England and Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960) in the USA; Howard Chandler Christy (1873–1952)

P.O.V.> Propaganda Art

Immediacy of imagery with straightforward text effectively influences mass culture’s opinion (supporting or against); wide exposure possible bc of low production costs; also large scale overwhelms a viewer, aggressive gesture (pointing finger of dominating figure, Uncle Sam)- more susceptible to message

(Grove Art cont’d)

use of photography shifted the emphasis from the hand-drawn imagery and lettering of the painter–printmaker to the sophisticated graphic language of the designer; Cubism easily assimilated by designers

Art Deco in French poster design– decorative treatment of images and angular patterns; Georges Lepape (1887-1971) fashion posters

images memorable underlines the importance of the poster in its position midway between art and the market place

In between wars; Travel Posters: McKnight Kauffer – best work between wars; travel posters encouraged urban traveller to leave city & served to decorate tunnels and passages; Railway companies & shipping lines in Britain- extensive patronage of work of these and other poster artists

in Switzerland, where Otto Baumberger (1889–1961) and Niklaus Stoecklin (1896–1982), together with Max Bill (e.g. poster for Olympic Games, Munich, 1972; London, V&A), were among those who fused formal, abstracted elements and typography into precise designs, heralding the rise of the professional graphic designer

Posters 1940-1964

During World War II poster designers were forced to compete with cinema and the radio as a means of spreading propaganda. However, the development of photography and photomontage over the previous decades had given new shape to poster design

The extent to which posters were used during wartime proved their unsurpassed value as instruments of direct and powerful communication.

Consumer and travel posters were replaced by instructional posters that urged the public to conserve energy, grow more food or guard the terrain and the secrets of the respective countries. Posters made under the Nazis depicted Nazi leaders and policies in a favourable light to the inhabitants of the occupied countries; here the message was often more significant than the merit of the design.

Jean Carlu used his skill with simplified forms in America’s Answer—Production (1941; New York, MOMA)

In the USSR, among a prolific output of propaganda posters, the work of the Kukryniksy group—Mikail Kupriyanov, Porfiry Krylov and Nikolai Sokolov—added to the stirring character of Soviet poster design

In 1944 Paul Colin celebrated the re-emergence of France with a dramatic painting that was issued as a poster entitled Libération, with the personified image of France standing this time not among the barricades (as in Revolutionary times) but among her ruined cities.

20 years following the end of World War II, several factors affected poster design throughout the world

international approach to design developed-Many European designers had moved to the USA, where the rise of a professional advertising body created a market for designers’ work

style- Cubist & Bauhaus theory gave way to Surrealism; humour sought in advertising after stress of war

Swiss magazine Graphis– focal point for GD world

Donald Brun (b 1909), Swiss, Gauloises (1965; priv. col., see Barnicoat, p. 114) – sharp, geometric forms and strong, clear colours, printed immaculately against a black ground

Raymond Savignac (b 1907) and Herbert Leupin (b 1916) both exploited an element of comedy in their posters

From 1965

1965 the University of California at Berkeley became the focus of the psychedelic posters of the hippy movement; these graphics of protest, which were an affirmation of a new youthful lifestyle, coincided with an exhibition of Jugendstil and Expressionist posters at Berkeley

Victor Moscoso’s Young Bloods (1967), Bob Masse’s Kitsilano Theatre, Vancouver (1968) or Robert McClay’s Funky Features (1968) and Bob Schnepf’s Avalon Ballroom (1967)

Michael English (b 1939) (British)

new ideas that challenged the established standards of poster design:

rise of the Polish cinema and theatre poster- violent and brilliantly inventive imagery, executed in bright colours- Jan Lenica’s (b 1928) poster Wozzeck (1964; see Barnicoat, pl. 235); Waldemar Swierzy (b 1931); Franciszek Starowieyski (b 1930) made use of dramatic Surrealist imagery

Cuba- revolution inspired a forceful series of poster designs by various artists who worked for the new government through official agencies; political & cinematic; Raúl Martínez and Antonio Pérez González

Push-pin had influential role in the professional world of graphic design in the 1960s and early 1970; reintroduced a hand-drawn appearance to posters, which leant towards quotation and parody (e.g. Seymour Chwast, End Bad Breath, 1967; Seymour Chwast/Pushpin Lubalin Peckolick priv. col., see 1984–5 exh. cat., pl. 187).

The poster Dylan (1967; London, V&A) by Glaser shows a portrait of the singer Bob Dylan in silhouette with his hair depicted as a tangled mass of bright colours

many Push Pin designs inspired by Surrealism, but other imagery too

1970’s & 80’s- poster design was consolidation of what was recently avante-garde and experimental

Poster Art Heavy Hitters:

*Milton Glaser

*James McMullan


Intro to Poster Art in America

October 17, 2009

American Posters Intro

Edward Penfield- Harper’s mag- depicted middle-upper class person reading leisurely

Will H. Bradley

genuinely loved part of american culture> increased literacy, mass publication, print technology

urban expansion, better standards of living> better educated > literacy circles and book clubs formed

magazines target audience shifted from aristocrat to man on the street when prices lowered (35 cents to 10 cents)

publishers took on social causes  and reforms as primary editorial thrust

interests of constantly growing younger audience

artists & publishers> arts & crafts could serve general populace (regardless of financial or social background) & become widely available

John Ruskin & William Morris- idealistic philosophy of raising standard of living by doing away with social/environmental inequities> comfortable, healthy

art?strong curative powers; English born Louis Rhead (American poster artist)

poster as the poor man’s art gallery, could enrich everyday life “moral aspect of the artistic poster”

demographic, philosophic, aesthetic factors + growth of natn’l advertising & marketing + new technology: photo-mechanical halftone printing = “unparalleled increase in the printing of magazines and popular novels”> result: advertising and promotional posters for material> mass market publications promoted visually & enrich owner’s life and home

By 1896, Will M. Clemens noted: demand for posters so high in U.S., 20 establishment specializing in poster production, $3,000,000 capital invested , 100 draughtsmen & designers + 500 more artists for reproduction employed by poster producers

“all progressive art stores have poster displays”

Coles Phillips

October 9, 2009
WWI ad - U.S. Fuel Admin., 1917

WWI ad - U.S. Fuel Admin., 1917

COLES PHILLIPS

  • Coles Phillips 1880 -1927 – Springfield Ohio, lower middle class
  • was 1st to introduce Art Deco styles into advertising design
  • Saturday Evening Post with very modern and seductively designed women
  • first pin-up girl- Fadeaway girl
  • 1907 and 1927- one of most popular illustrators in nation (contemporaries were leyendecker and flagg)
  • Kenyon College 1902- college’s monthly magazine was first publication -dropped out junior yr to go to NYC
  • American Radiator- fired after found caricature of the boss > same night story told to Life publisher J.A.Mitchell- saw cartoon, asked to meet Phillips> job offer- declined to take art lessons
  • hired as staff artist few years later- immediately popular w Life audience
  • Fadeaway Girl – girl linked cleverly to background color – illusion of figure coming forward and receding simultaneously
  • had to study proportions of canvas, cover dimensions resulting final published, negative shapes and positive shapes had to be interchangeable
  •  advertising illustrations: Willys Overland Automobiles 
  • Spirit of Transportation competition- his entry impressed all w composition & use of pastels
  • other covers: Good HousekeepingColliersThe Ladies’ Home JournalMcCall’sSaturday Evening PostWomen’s Home CompanionLiberty
  • introduced more sexuality in advertising illustration w ‘Miss Sunburn’ Suntan lotion ad
  • probably influenced by Maxfield Parrish in composition, possibly technique (Jell-O ads & Community Silver for Oneida)
  • cerebral approach & design device- appealed to mass audience
  • close friends & neighbors w Leyendecker
  • died @ 47

National Museum of American Illustration

Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, USA

http://www.americanillustration.org/html/Phillips/Bio_Phillips.html

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Peter Kuper’s Propaganda Presentation

September 25, 2009

0000-4117-6WWII-U-S-Air-Corps-Give-

Parts of Peter Kuper’s presentation that applied to the history of poster illustration:

Coca Cola Posters typecast Santa Claus as wearing a red outfit

“YOU GIVE US THE FIRE, WE’LL GIVE THEM HELL” War Propaganda Posters for WWII

Backlash to these posters, satire such as “YOU give us the fire, WE’LL bomb who we want!”

Political propaganda can be as controlled as a government-issued poster or as volatile as an anonymous wheat pasted piece of graffiti.  The kind of graffiti he saw in Oaxaca could be considered political poster art.