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  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:22 pm on December 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Arts, Happy, Happy New Year, , , ,   

    Happy New Year! 

    This decade left me very exhausted. I hope next year will finally be my annus mirabilis because I’m tired of making the anus joke. Happy New Year and Happy New Decade, everyone.

    You can see the old New Year’s cards are here.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:36 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arts, Ballets Russes, Exoticism, , Fashion illustration, fashion photographer, Fashion photography, Film crew, , ,   

    100 Years of Fashion Illustration 

    A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day. Early in the century fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, while the postwar period saw inspiration from the great Parisian couturiers. After the dominance of the celebrity fashion photographer in the ’60s, a new generation of illustrators emerged, embracing the medium of the computer, while many returned to more traditional techniques.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:10 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Akron Art Museum, American art, Art Forum, Art Gallery of University of California at Irvine, Artforum, Arthur Fellig, Arts, , , Daily News, , director of the Art Gallery, , first news photographer, John Coplans, Manhattan’s police, , , , , Poland, senior curator, the Daily Mirror, the Daily News, , , , Weegee   

    Weegee’s New York: Photographs, 1935-1960 

    Weegee’s New York: Photographs 1935–1960

    Weegee’s legendary camera recorded an unmatched pictorial chronicle of a legendary time. Weegee’s New York is the New York of the thirties and forties, a city marked by the Great Depression, by unemployment and poverty, by mob violence and prostitution. He was the first news photographer allowed a police radio in his car. Racing through Manhattan’s streets after midnight, he often beat the cops to the scene of the crime to shoot the pictures which would scream from the pages of the Daily News and the Daily Mirror next morning. They still jump from the page with a restless immediacy and intense nervousness that has never been surpassed. The 335 photographs collected in this new softcover reprint tell the astonishing story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. The introductory essay is by the former editor of Art Forum, John Coplans.

    Essay by Weegee

    Weegee (1899-1968),was born Arthur Fellig in what is now a part of Poland and arrived in New York at the age of ten. During his ten years at Manhattan’s police headquarters he published 5,000 photos that made him the most famous of a new breed of hardboiled news photographers. His book Naked City (later made into a film) was published in 1945, followed in 1953 by Naked Hollywood.

    John Coplans, born in 1920 in England, immigrated to the US in 1960. In 1962 he founded the periodical Artforum serving as its editor until 1980. He was director of the Art Gallery of University of California at Irvine; senior curator at the Pasadena Art Museum; and director of the Akron Art Museum, Ohio. At age sixty he took up photography full-time.

    335 duotone plates.

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