It’s been a while since i’ve posted to this blog, but today I learned of the death of James Rosenquist and it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge it.
Quite simply, he was one of the most interesting painters associated with American Pop Art, not just for his skill or vision but the sheer scale of execution he worked with – he was trained as a billboard painter back when that was a thing and carried it through into fine art.
Anyhow, he’s dead, at the age of 83. That’s a good run, but it’s still a sombre moment.
If you’d like to read more about Rosenquist and his work, check this out.
RIP David Bowie, one of the great artistic geniuses of our time. We all know him as a musician, actor, and erstwhile painter, but he was also a very astute cultural observer. Here he is in an interview from 1999, discussing the internet and how it will change the creative process. Remarkably forward thinking, and spot on with his predictions.
Here are a few select quotes from Bowie in this interview:
“We are living in total fragmentation”
“It’s almost like the artist is to accompany the audience, and what the audience is doing, and that feeling is very much permeating music, and permeating the internet”.
“The breakthroughs of the early part of the century with people like Duchamp who were so prescient in what they were doing and putting down, the idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience come to it and add their own interpretation, and what the piece of art is about is the grey space in the middle. That grey space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be about.”
“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” ― Marcel Duchamp
Well here we are yet again, another tour around the sun and we find ourselves back at the Christmas part. As always, I have made Christmas cards and sent them out to everyone on my mailing list… if you are not on my mailing list, enjoy this digital version!
Hand made lettering – & it’s not spam poetry, it’s an encoded message.
A few samples here:
Adrian Frutiger, one of the best-known typeface designers of the 20th century, has died. His work includes such ubiquitous font families as Univers, Avenir, and of course, Frutiger. We’re talking a guy whose career started in the era of metal press and he continued to be extremely influential throughout the advent and eventual dominance of digital typography. He’s one of the fathers of Swiss design, one of his fonts (ASTRA-Frutiger) is used on all Swiss highway signs. I could go on and on.
His work is so well-known that you’ve probably been looking at it your whole life without knowing it.
Ondine (1954) President (1954) Meridien (1955) Egyptienne (1956) Univers (1957) Apollo (1962) Serifa (1967) OCR-B (1968) Iridium (1975) Frutiger (1976) Glypha (1977) Icone (1980) Breughel (1982) Versailles (1982) Linotype Centennial (1986) Avenir (1988) Westside (1989) Herculanum (1990) Vectora (1990) Linotype Didot (1991) Pompeijana (1992) Rusticana (1993) Frutiger Stones (1998) Frutiger Symbols (1998) Linotype Univers (1999) Frutiger Next (2000) Nami (2006) Frutiger Arabic (2007) Frutiger Serif (2008) Neue Frutiger (2009) Univers Next (2010)
I really can’t even begin to describe the breadth and influence of his work in any meaningful way other than to say just go read the wikipedia entry, it’s a list of achievements that is nothing short of astounding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Frutiger
Even his lesser known work is mind-blowing. This font is till incredibly on point in 2015… “The CGP typeface (first called Beaubourg) used in the Centre Georges Pompidou from 1976-1994 is by Hans-Jörg Hunziker and Adrian Frutiger” (description & image below couretesy Luc Devroye)
On an interesting side note… Frutiger did the type design for the 1972 Munich Olympics, using his typeface Univers, with graphics designed by Otl Aicher.
Aicher also designed the typeface Rotis, the official typeface for the City of Montreal.