Friday, June 29, 2018

Mihajlo Arsovski Movie Posters c. 1966

I also acquired these seven Western film posters from c. 1966. These are designed by Macedonia-born Croatian artist Mihajlo Arsovski (b. 1937). For Western movie posters, from 1966, this is an extremely unusual look. They look more like Punk-Rock concert posters from the late 1970s. Furthermore, printing in silkscreen is quite an unexpected technique for movie posters.

Read more about Arsovski's work here.

Aleksandar Srnec Movie Posters c. 1966

I just received these two quite unusual avant-garde—especially for a western movie—film posters from c. 1966. The posters are designed by Croatian artist Aleksandar Srnec (1924 – 2010).

The posters are printed in silkscreen—quite unusual for movie posters. They are also folded in quarters because that's how they were distributed to theaters at the time.

Read Aleksandar Srnec's bio here.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Blockchain Illustrations for The New York Times

My illustrations in today's Dealbook section of The New York Times.
Art direction by Corinne Myller.
More illustrations here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Our R? Poster in Front of Yugoslav Drama Theatre

We just received a few images of our poster for the play "Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler displayed in front of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. This is the fifth and final poster of the season.

You can view the rest of the posters here

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"Kiss" High-Res for Free

Every year, during Pride, I'm touched by the fact that I consistently see my 2004 illustration "Kiss" on signs, t-shirts, posters, etc. But, sometimes, I see it reproduced in low-resolution—and that hurts my feelings!

This year, I would like to offer the original high-res of the artwork, free for all non-commercial reuse.

Happy Pride!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posters from Home

I just got myself these two movie posters from the former Yugoslavia. Both posters are created by some of the most celebrated Croatian artists.

The first one, created in 1966, is by Andrija Maurović, the father of Yugoslav/Croatian comics. It's for the movie, Konjuh planinom (Konjuh mountain). The movie tells the story of the fight between the Yugoslav partisans against German Nazis. Properly, the poster is in a traditional Socialist Realist style, with a little touch of the dark side of Maurović. The movie was directed by Fadil Hadžić, who in the past I have worked with on quite a few projects.

The second poster, for film Tajna Nikole Tesle (The Secret Life of Nikolai Tesla) from 1980, was designed by Boris Bućan, one of the most legendary graphic designers from that part of the world. Surprisingly, the movie features (among others) Orson Welles as J.P. Morgan.

Because I had the chance to be friends with both of those artists in my old country, it's a pleasure to have their posters now here in New York.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Poster

Poster created for the Yugoslav Drama Theater's production of Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?, a play based on Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler's film of the same name. The play depicts the life of middle class draftsman Herr Raab, who, in an unpredictable violent spell, murders his neighbor, wife, and son, before killing himself. This is the fifth and final poster of the season.
View the rest of the posters here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Small" Success

Sometimes, "big" achievements leave you feeling unfulfilled. On the other hand, sometimes "small" successes—especially when unexpected—can make you feel warm and fuzzy. This is one of those cases.

In their exhibition, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18, the Design Museum in London included this striking poster by David Tartakover that he created for my Tolerance Traveling Poster Show. This was flattering to me and my project. A month ago, the museum sent along this photograph of the poster in the show. But I didn't know what was written on the wall text under the poster.

Yesterday, unprompted, I received a photo from my Facebook friend Nina Lazic of the caption. When I read the caption, I had one of these "small" success feelings.

The exhibition is open until August 12, 2018.

Boris Bucan Magazine Clip

Croatian poster design legend Boris Bucan sent me this clipping from Croatian magazine.
I don't know which magazine it is, but that is very sweet from him and the writer who mentioned me in the context of Bucan.

More about Bucan and his posters here.