How Abstract Art Made Us Clean

There’s a lot of filth in the world of arts, letters and education. Particularly in the 1950s, even before the current president made it OK to be smutty, immoral, suggestive and lustful. Booklets issued by decency groups did their best to contain the content, and one of the graphic design methods was abstract illustration.

They weren’t Jackson Pollack or Willem De Kooning or Franz Klein, but the abstract form was ambiguous enough to keep the depictions from being too salacious yet cautionary at the same time. Here are a couple of choice examples.


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One thought on “How Abstract Art Made Us Clean

  1. oldDesigner

    It would be nice if you did not inject your political venom into every post these days. When I want to get worked up about politics I can read news sites. When I want to relax, be inspired and get into a working state of mind, I like to go to design sites. You are ruining that routine by mixing the two. Vent somewhere else – please.