• Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877.
  • Jean-Frédéric Bazille, Family Reunion, 1867.
  • Édouard Manet, Repose, 1871.
  • James Tissot, The Circle of the Rue Royale, 1868.

25 March 2013 / , ,

There are some exhibitions that do everything right, they’re so thorough and detailed that you are transplanted into another era, and this era is beautiful. Welcome to Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, the Met’s newest exhibition and something truly special. An amazing assortment of photos, magazines, dresses, hats—and of course—paintings. They blend and juxtapose each other perfectly, seamlessly, to create a rich and sensuous experience. Rooms are broken down by color, sex, accessories, and more, all enriching your experience and giving you a feel for the era these impressionist artists were working in. An era were fashion was coming of age and valued, and how new and exciting it was for them, and the public. Masters of their era whom painted the social commentary of their day, from Renoir, Monet, Manet, and Tissot; these paintings will impress you not only in their form, but also their style. Catch the exhibition now through May 27. www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/impressionism-fashion-modernity.

  • Peter Mendelsund
  • Peter Mendelsund
  • Peter Mendelsund

20 March 2013 /

There’s a bit of genius in Peter Mendelsund’s various book covers, a beautiful and diverse collection of works that make me cringe with envy. Each design traverses time and style, reflecting (I think) the true essence of the book. I’m especially in love with the the illustrated type in Vladimir Nabokov’s The Tragedy of Mr. Morn and the iconography and type of Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar. Such simple and effective design that communicates with ease. More easy reading at http://mendelsund.blogspot.com.

  • Masami Teraoka, McDonald's Hamburgers Invading Japan, 1975.
  • Katsushika Hokusai, Fuji, Mountains In Clear Mountains.
  • Paul Binnie, Morning Tears, 2009.
  • Naoya Hatakeyama, River Series, 1993–1994.

13 March 2013 / ,

Some of the most beautiful and meticulous woodblock prints that I’ve ever seen are Ukio-e prints from the Edo period. Their beauty and originality speak for themselves as many artists from the turn of the century to the present have used them as inspiration. Now at the Japan Society, Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints showcases these graphic masterpieces alongside modern and contemporary works, giving each piece a different perspective and meaning. Water continues to be a popular theme from past to present as each period shows water in strikingly similar ways; perhaps having even more meaning today after the tsunami of 3/11. Juxtaposition aside, these works speak for themselves (by themselves), exuding beauty and social commentary these pieces are a must see—now through June 9. http://www.japansociety.org/event/edo-pop-the-graphic-impact-of-japanese-prints.

  • Ming Sin Ho, Ampel Magazine 9.
  • Ming Sin Ho, De kleine "e" van Zee.

27 February 2013 /

Everything about Ming Sin Ho’s work is suggestively awesome. The subject, the colors, the textures, the shapes, everything. It’s fun, interesting, and entertaining, you can tell that his work is a product of himself, and according to his bio, a really cool illustrator from Rotterdam. With that in mind, drool and cry over this great illustration work. See more at http://www.mingsinho.com.

  • Unimark International, New York 1970.
  • Unimark International, New York 1970.
  • Unimark International, New York 1970.
  • Unimark International, New York 1970.

21 February 2013 /

If you’re a fan of Massimo Vignelli’s NYC subway map design of the 1970s (and the 2008 revision), then you’re definitely a fan of the NYC transit graphics manual designed by our very own Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda at Unimark in 1970. This modern delight makes manuals seem less boring and brings back added enthusiasm, nostalgia, and love for the design of the New York City subway system—if only they’d bring back Vignelli’s subway map! Explore the full manual at http://thestandardsmanual.com.