List of images here.
List of concepts here.
1- Don't get scared. Remember that I'll make a selection of the images and concepts. Of the 45 images in the review, I'll pick around 30 images.
2- For the images, I just need Author, Title and Year. I have added more information because you want you to understand the relevance of these images in their historic contexts and yes, I leave up to you if you desire to say more rather than less. Please, be mindful of spelling foreign names correctly.
3- The concepts are self-explanatory. See that some the concepts (such as "New Typography," "Futurism," "Dada," "Constructivism"), also have the names of the most important graphic designers associated with said movement (underlined in red). We need to remember these names.
Any questions you have, post them here. See you next Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Who is Mehemed Fehmy Agha?
When the extraordinary art director Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha arrived at Vogue’s New York offices in 1929, he ignited a thrilling design revolution, re-imagining and revamping the magazine—as well as its sister publications Vanity Fair and House & Garden—while redefining his profession for generations to come.
What do we get here?
1- No more Vogue’s old-fashioned appearance,
2- Graceful Art Deco curves and the clean lines of Constructivism.
3- No more italic lettering. Instead, we get sans serif fonts like Futura,
3- All unnecessary elements are eliminated from the pages (borders around photos, column rules, sidebars),
\4- the magazine gets a latest European avant-garde look,
2- Frottage (rubbing), developed by Ernst and described by him in Beyond Painting, (1948).
3- Grattage (scraping), also a discovery of Ernst, which transferred frottage to to oil painting. In decalcomania (transferring) the image was obtained by laying arbitrary patches of color on a piece of paper. A clean piece was then rubbed gently on top. When separated, strange grottos, exotic vegetation and underwater scenes suggested themselves to the imagination. A picture was made by chance.
surreal graffiti by Phlegm
same as above
Davide Luciano & Claudia Ficca
Leonora Carrington' art often touches on alchemy and magic. In her memoir of insanity, Down and Below, she writes of her attraction for chemistry and alchemy.
Some ideas about Carrigton's art:
1- Bosch-like fantasy (she would visit the Prado Museum in the 1930s),
2- humor! (very Mexican)
3- spatial understanding of the quattrocento,
4- make your own personal mythology (in Carrington's case: Catholicism, Jewish mysticism and Celtic elements),
5- be gothic (as be weird)
Remedios Varo's fanciful allegories -- rivers that flow out of wineglasses, troubadours who play music on strands of women's hair, men's coats that become boats -- are frequently inured by themes of isolation and confinement. Not surprising, given that the Spanish anarchist fled Europe before the start of World War II.
what do we get?
1- emblematic androgynous figures with heart-shaped faces, large almond eyes, and the aquiline noses,
2- kind of self-portraiture,
3- sense of isolation,