These days when we think Russia, we think election tampering, Putin authoritarianism and the future of peace and well-being. As a respite from the tension, there is a certain irony in the admiration for Russian post-revolutionary posters, especially those representing the triumph of the working class designed by Gustav Klutsis. This month !Productive Arts!...
Heller talks to Bonnie Siegler, author of Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America (Artisan Books), about her efforts to keep the flames of visual and verbal resistance alive.
Do we really need another book-length history of manga? Especially so soon on the heels of John Lent’s excellent Asian Comics, published just a few years ago? Turns out, yes. Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics, by comics expert Paul Gravett, is a very important addition, with a great deal to recommend it.
Heller shares a selection of work by Arthur Wragg, an illustrator who is perhaps best known for his books with religious themes published by Selwyn & Blount—such as Jesus Wept (1935).
Heller shares some of the propaganda and paraphernalia that inspired and motivated the "North Vietnamese" to drive the French from their country, only to have the vacuum filled by American advisors and ground troops.
One of the most controversial subway posters to hang in NYC was a famously searing portrait of Che Guevara. Starting this week, it will hang in the space that will contain Poster House, a new museum on West 23rd Street in Manhattan, devoted to the art of the poster.
Obsessed with dots? You're in luck. From 1950s-era Harvey Comics' Little Dot to shows by avant-garde art’s latest superstar, Yayoi Kusama, the concept of dots in endless, relentless repetition is alive and prospering.
William M. Patton's Paper and Press Illustrated Monthly provided its audience of printers, binders and affiliated commercial artists a vivid view of the fashionable styles of the day through its editorial and advertising pages.
If you've ever wondered about the function of different kinds of coffee lids, you'll enjoy flipping through Louise Harpman and Scott Specht's distinctive new book, Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture.
Girder was among the genre of geometric square serif faces frequently found in advertisements of the 1930s. The specimens here highlight that streamlined, early modernistic style.