Tuesday, May 3, 2022

My Comics in American Illustration 40 Book

For the 40th anniversary American Illustration annual book, the jury selected two of my comics from my visual essay series A.C.2020.

You can see more comics in the series here.





 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A.C.2020.9

Here are a few more pages from my visual essay A.C.2020.

I created this work to express anxiety and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visual essay is comprised of self contained single page stories.




Friday, April 15, 2022

My Interview on "Consulting Unplugged"

I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Andrew Pek on his popular podcast and educational platform called "Consulting Unplugged". Known as the "Consultant's Consultant", Andrew Pek is an internationally recognized authority on innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship. 

From start-ups to mature companies, Andrew has helped organizations such as Bayer, BNP Paribas, Biomerieux, Citi Group, Estee Lauder, Ferring, Intracellular, The Limited, Pfizer and Steelcase become more innovative. Andrew has been invited to speak worldwide and his views on innovative leaders, change management and design thinking have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The New York Times, Investor Business Daily, Chicago Tribune and Readers Digest. He is a best selling author of "Stimulated: Habits To Spark Your Creative Genius At Work "​ (Greenleaf Book Group 2008).

I didn't dare watch the interview but if you would like to do it, here is the link.





Friday, April 8, 2022

Artwork for "Rage Against the Machine"

My recent acquisition: single Bulls On Parade by Rage Against the Machine 

I never had this single with my artwork in my hands despite it being released in 1996. 


 

Monday, March 28, 2022

The 3rd PosterFest in Budapest, Hungary

On March 25th, the 3rd PosterFest had its opening in Budapest, Hungary.I am pleased to share with you that two of my posters are selected to be included in the show—the 10th Festival Miroslav Krleža in Zagreb, Croatia and My Husband for JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade, Serbia.

 
You can read and see more of these two posters here and here.
 






 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

"The Miracle in Šargan" Poster Design

Latin and Cyrillic versions of my poster design for the play The Miracle in Šargan for JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Miracle in Šargan is a play by Ljubomir Simović premièred in 1974, and it explores the themes of cruelty and suffering as well as the deeply rooted conviction that suffering is inevitable. Simović weaves the stories of a selection of morally dubious characters gathered in the Šargan tavern, lost somewhere on the outskirts of a city but also the world, into a complicated tapestry hanging somewhere between the past and the future. The play gives us an insight into the reasons behind cruelty but also an opportunity to question whether the vicious circle of suffering and the need to inflict it on others, can be broken.
 
Throughout the entire play, constant heavy rain is emphasizing the suffering and cruelty of the characters. 
 
You can see more of my poster designs for JDP-Yugoslav Drama Theater here: https://www.behance.net/MirkoIlic
 


 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

"The Skin of Our Teeth" Ad

I am pleased to let you know that the back cover of the new issue of The New Yorker features my art created for the play The Skin of Our Teeth. The play is produced by Lincoln Center Theater.

The art was created in collaboration with Nicky Lindeman, Creative Director at SpotCo.




Friday, March 4, 2022

Polish Poster by Milton

My latest acquisition: Milton's poster for the Polish Poster show from 1966 at School of Visual Arts.



 
 

"The Skin of Our Teeth" Poster Design

Here is my new poster for the play The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz in production at Lincoln Center Theater.

The poster was created in collaboration with Nicky Lindeman, creative director at SpotCo.

"In 1942, just four years after Our Town, Thornton Wilder brought a very different take on the American family to Broadway. And yet, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH was in some ways very similar to its predecessor: both won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; both break the fourth wall; both are about family and the resilience of the human condition; both mix the comic with the bittersweet; and both are, in different ways, ultimately hopeful!

But where Our Town is set in one time and place in the imagined past, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH does not sit still. It catapults us forward and back in time and place, spanning 5000 years and no time at all. It follows the Antrobus family as they confront the challenges of nothing less than the apocalypse, dinosaurs, war, a woolly mammoth, the Ice Age and raising two kids in suburban Excelsior, New Jersey. It is mayhem, sometimes absurd and funny and sometimes deeply moving, but it is always real."

Despite being written in 1942, it seems that the play is very appropriate for the time that we are living in. You can see more of my work here.


 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Blast From the Past

Someone just sent me my 1992 illustration for The New Yorker.

I haven't seen this illustration ever since it was published. That was 30 years ago.
 
And I know why. The illustration is not a very good one.
 

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Andy Warhol and David Hockney's posters for Sarajevo

On this day in 1984, the Winter Olympic Games took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

20 leading artists created posters for the event. Here are their names: James Rosenquist, Emilio Greco, Francesco Clemente, Giuseppe Santomaso, Milton Glaser, Cy Twombly, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jean-Michel Folon, Victor Vasarely, Yozo Hamaguchi, Andy Warhol, Howard Hodgkin, Kyu-Baik Hwang, Gottfried Helnwein, Piero Dorazio, Henry Moore, Jiri Kolar, David Hockney, Mimmo Paladino, Hundrertwasser,

Here are Andy Warhol and David Hockney's posters. 



 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

I Got a Present

In a recent communication with Andrew McLuhan, the grandson of Marshall McLuhan and the director of The McLuhan Institute, he told me about a Milton Glaser poster that was totally unknown to me. Milton created the poster for Tom Wolfe's documentary Marshall McLuhan: The Man and His Message (1984). Amazingly, he even had the mechanics of that poster, and he sent me photos of it. 


 

Unfortunately, he didn't have any printed copies of the poster. But he had two copies of a smaller flyer with part of the original poster design. He was very kind and sent me one of them as a present. Here are the photos of the front and back of it.

 



 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Cable 1951 The Yearbook Of The Cooper Union

I recently acquired The Cable 1951 The Yearbook Of The Cooper Union school. This was the class of the future Push Pin Studios members, Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser and Reynold Ruffins. Here are their charming photos. Also, inside the book, there are some of the first published illustrations of Milton Glaser.














 

Monday, January 31, 2022

"Give It Your Best!"

I recently acquired this poster Give It Your Best! designed by Charles Coiner. It's a bit beat up and torn. But considering it's from 1942, it's still in good shape. 

 

Commissioned by the Office of Emergency Management in 1942, this poster was intended to boost war production. This poster was one of the production incentive images for factories. By joining motto and flag, it is simple yet effective in its design.

 

"When the administrator of the National Recovery Act (NRA) was dissatisfied with designs presented by Ayer, Charles Coiner himself designed the Blue Eagle symbol that is closely associated with the NRA.He also conceived the Red Feather emblem of the Community Chest. During World War II, he designed war and civil defense posters; an offset lithograph of one with the slogan Give It Your Best! for the Office of Emergency Management is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art."

 



 

Friday, January 28, 2022

Two posters by Victor Moscoso

My recent acquisition, two posters Rites of Spring / The Cloud andSiegel Schwall Band, Miller Blues Band by Victor Moscoso from 1967.  

Here and here are two more examples of Victor's work from my collection. 

Victor was born in Spain. After studying art at Cooper Union in New York City and at Yale University, he moved to San Francisco in 1959. There, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he eventually became an instructor.

Moscoso's use of vibrating colors was influenced by painter Josef Albers, one of his teachers at Yale. He was the first of the rock poster artists to use photographic collage in many of his posters.

Professional lightning struck in the form of the psychedelic rock and roll poster for the San Francisco Hippy dance halls and clubs. Victor Moscoso's posters for the Family Dog dance-concerts at the Avalon Ballroom and his Neon Rose posters for the Matrix were to bring his work international attention in the Summer of Love, 1967.

Within a year, lightning would strike again in the form of the Underground Comix. As one of the Zap Comix Artists, Moscoso's work, once again received international attention. Moscoso's comix and poster work has continued up to the present and includes album covers for musicians such as Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Herbie Hancock, and David Grisman. He also created art for use on t-shirts, billboards, animated commercials for radio stations (for which he received 2 CLIO's) and more.