Hailing from the Midwest and calling the Pacific Northwest his professional home, Aaron Draplin (of Field Notes and DDC fame) is the guy you want to talk to at any design event: generous, talented, funny.
The recent discovery of lost Nazi looted Modern masterpieces, has brought Hitler’s criminal art activities back to the forefront. Dr. Hans Sachs, poster collector, editor of Das Plakat, the magazine that advocated for standards of early German advertising art, and whose his vast collection was confiscated by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, narrowly escaped the Holocaust. Recently, after years of court wrangling, his holdings, many of which were in major German collections, were returned to his family.
A new documentary film Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen will be out soon and the poster announcing the film is as provocative as the artists. Thanks to Kellerhouse and Johnsen I reached Ai Weiwei through email with a few questions about art and provocation, and how he felt about this particular interpretive depiction.
Igor Hofbauer from Croatia started doing posters in black-and-white photocopy style in his high school days, he told me, “because that was most exiting thing I could do to contribute local music scene.” He was influenced “mostly by Russian and German posters between two wars (not just visually, also politically).