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John Sloan’s Art Nouveau

John Sloan was a member of the storied “Philadelphia Five,” and brought Art Noveau to the America public’s attention. Learn more about his career and view several examples of his work.

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Pictures of War and Peace

With these images of war and peace, Steven Heller shows how the battlefields may change but the visual language has remained constant.

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European Under, Middle and Overgrounds

The quantity of European alternative pubs and tabs published during the Seventies was extraordinary. In 2000, the exhibition Die Kunst der Zeitschrift (The Art of Newspapers) hung at the Kasseler Kunstverein. View several examples of journals from this time.

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Mouse (is) In The House

The Mouse Museum and The Ray Gun Wing by Claes Oldenburg was an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in 1977. Some are “altered objects,” altered by the artist, others are “studio objects,” created by the artist. Take a look inside the exhibition.

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V. Putin: Little Big Brother

Here’s a design problem: How does one respond to the events in the Ukraine in a useful and meaningful way? The first is to know something about Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

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Better Off A Forgotten Illustrator Than A Rotten One

In 1977 a new illustration credit appeared on the Letters and OpEd pages of The New York Times. S. Harmon wasn’t doing anything new. It was the same collage style that Surrealist and Dada collagists had done decades before. Take a look at the work of this forgotten illustrator.

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Before Jackets: Naked Covers

With books migrating to pads and pods this maybe a moot point. But before designed book jackets, book covers were the primary illustrative and typographical surface on a book. The photographs of the covers taken from “Arts and Crafts Book Covers” (in the book over 90 in all), makes this an essential document of a fertile creative period.

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Raspberries (and more) To Those In Power

Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour is a folio of caricature prints by Alfred Le Petit (1841-1909) from 1871. He was one of the great line artists and satirists of his era, and a contributor to L’Eclipse, a leading republican newspaper during the French Third Republic. View some of the more hilariously acute physical transformations and caricatures from the original portfolio.

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Mind Games

Those of us who lean in the direction of psychosomatic illness (at least those of us who have survived our psychosomatic illnesses), have been waiting for a visual cautionary book like this for decades. Oddly, this was published in 1953. Although the expressionistic illustrations and information graphics may seem satiric, they accompany a very serious text by an expert, O. Spurgeon English, M.D.