Tuesday, November 11, 2014

From SPD's blog:

POW! Which Artwork Landed the Strongest Punch Ever?
by SPD Guest Editor, Steve Brodner

"We asked some of America's most powerful artists which pieces got THEIR blood up the most.
In our choice of going light or strong with graphic commentary in media, quite often the pull is toward stepping lightly and letting the text carry the heavy artillery. Editors and advertisers often prefer the punch to be hidden in the text, leaving the page design, for the sake of keeping the mercantile party polite, to just hint at the force of the subject matter.
The artists below (Edel Rodriguez, Brian Stauffer, Frances Jetter, Mirko Ilic and Peter Kuper) remind us that there are times when the jugular is the preferred target. The gravity of a story can be brilliantly reflected in art that pulls out all stops. I have asked these artists, who are masters of the art of blending graphic beauty with topical awareness and moral conviction to join me in picking a few pieces by THEIR favorite artists who have given them some of their greatest inspiration. And they also selected one of their own pieces."

Complete story here: http://www.spd.org/2014/11/your-3-pixi-asked-three.php

Brad Holland, "The Junkie," 1971, The New York Times, Op-Ed page I discovered this drawing in Graphis Annual (1972). It had such a powerful influence on me, that I decided to pay more attention to my editorial illustration. I was lucky in 1992, to become art director of the same Op-Ed Pages of The New York Times, where I was able to hire Brad Holland to do illustrations for me.

My design and illustration for the movie poster "Red and Black"
Directed by Miroslav Mikuljan, Jadran Film, 1985

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