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A Tale of Two Sketches

The other Sunday at Rome's largest flea market Porta Portese the eagle-eyed Louise Fili and Steven Heller spied a small booth selling a few mediocre pencil sketches with one notable exception. The colored pencil drawing on paper (bottom) signed "F. Depero / 1926."

IBM Beyond Rand

The Jules Collins Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is exhibiting “Visual Memoranda: The IBM Poster Program, 1969–1979” from April 12 to July 15. The posters are office messages produced for internal consumption.

Flowered Polish Type

The first Polish posters appeared in the 1890s at the hand of outstanding painters and florid letterers. What set the Polish posters apart was the emphasis placed on the highly artistic quality of the project, an attitude that will continue to characterize the Polish poster throughout the 20th century.

Warning: No Warnings!

The evil stepmother of invention has produced a cigarette package container that eliminates all trace of the unseemly symptoms of smoking-related disease.

Weapons Against Weapons

One thousand billboards across the country have been created to tackle gun violence. A call-to-action from the magazine Advertising Age to its advertising/creative community resulted in an outpouring of ideas to magnify the students' messages and support the recent March for Our Lives.

Haunting Posters

Heller savors everything about the Klimowski Poster Book by Andrzej Klimowski. Klimowski was a product of the Polish poster art tradition yet established his own methods and collagist madness.