THE POSTER KING: LONDON CELEBRATES EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER’S VISUAL ART

 A fascinating exhibition taking place in London up to December 18, 2011, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art.

 

My “Lacer/actions” art project is based on torn posters details. During my research I collected so far more than 30.000 images of ripped publicity posters. I work on them, making canvas, lithographs, textile designs, videoclip a.s.o; I explained my activity on a booklet-portfolio, published in 2009 (Lacer/actions – Pics of torn (publi)city). Yes, I like the world of posters, billboards and urban “signs” (this blog is here to demonstrate it). So, I must to dedicate a post to the interesting and fascinating exhibition taking place in London, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art ( 39a Canonbury Square, entrance in Canonbury Road). The show – opened till December 18, 2011 – pays a tribute to Edward McKnight Kauffer, the “Poster King” (this is also the exhibition theme).

Focusing on Kauffer’s time in England , The Poster King is a celebration of the ways in which this remarkable artistic émigré enriched the visual culture. And all the design expressions of our times. In addition to the renowned graphic work it includes a fascinating nucleus of lesser-known paintings and prints as well as a selection of photographs, working drawings and original designs.

Edward Mcknight Kauffer produced some of the most iconic and influential commercial imagery of the early twentieth century. A remarkably versatile artist, his work drew inspiration from a wide variety of styles ranging from Japanese art to Fauvism, Vorticism and Constructivism, and encompassed painting, applied art, interior design and scenography. Yet it remains his celebrated posters created for clients such as London Underground and Shell during the inter-war years for which he remains most famous. Kauffer’s pioneering work in the field of graphic design ranks alongside the achievements of fellow avant-garde figures such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, all of whom – like Kauffer- had roots in the United States yet established their careers in London.

 Born in Montana in 1890, Kauffer’s precocious artistic talents were first employed painting stage scenery at his local opera house. They were also recognised by an acquaintance named Joseph E. Mcknight, a professor at the University of Utah, who in 1912 paid for Kauffer ton pursue his studies in Paris. As a mark of gratitude, Kauffer subsequently incorporated his benefactor’s surname into his own. Upon the outbreak of the First World War Kauffer fled to England where in 1915 he received a commission to design publicity posters for the Underground.

 

The originality and vibrancy of these images led Kauffer to receive commissions from a variety of companies and publishing houses over the following two decades,including Fortnum & Mason, Lund Humphries and Chrysler Motors. With a finger on the pulse of the latest artistic trends, Kauffer’s special genius lay in his ability to adapt the language of the avant-garde to the needs of advertising, creating works that were not simply visually striking but also rich in artistic merit. With commissions increasingly scarce following the declaration of war in 1939 Kauffer made the painful decision to return to America, where he continued to work for a number of years prior to his death in 1954.

Estorick Collection promoted meetings, education evenings and talks about Edward McKnight Kauffer; the next talk is planned for December 10, 2011 (“Kauffer’s England”, Dr. Jonathan Black, Kingston University).

 www.estorickcollection.com

 

 

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NO CLOUDS: POETIC VERSES BY JOSHUA SELLERS + ONE OF MY IMAGES FROM TORN POSTERS

Joshua Sellers words fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions artworks: it’s an HAIGA

 

No clouds

the wind revealed

in tall grasses

 

Nessuna nuvola

il vento rivelato

nelle erbe alte

 

Pas des nuages

le vent révélè

dans les hautes herbes

 

Ninguna nube

el viento revelado

en las hierbas altas

 

No clouds” is another result of my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA). We had previously collaborated on a music video, for “Linger.” Now, in a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words this time with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – , we have presented a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the fourth of a series we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… I took this image from a billboard’s ripped poster. Maybe unbelievable, but it’s true. ( 4 )

 

ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 

Watch the previous Haiga:

 A Jar of Rainwater: the third Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/haiku-and-visual-art-telling-a-jar-of-rainwater/

 

 

In a Spider Web: the second Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/in-a-spider-web-words-and-images-for-a-trip-trhough-perception/

 

 

 

Moonlit Sky: the first Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/moonlit-skythe-first-haigalaceractions-by-joshua-sellers-and-roberto-alborghetti/

 

 

Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti

 

Earscapes Channel

http://youtu.be/iTtli44H66w

 

Lacer/azioni Channel

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE

 

 

PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2013

I recently visited friends Lucia and Bruno at Bruno Boggia Disegni Studio in Como. And I immediately jumped in the future and in a sea of colors. Textiles designer Bruno and his daughter Lucia, together with their staff, are workin’ hard on fashion future trends ventures. Indeed, the gaze is fixed on the spring and summer 2013 (yes, 2013, it’s not a mistake). I had the way to take a look at textile products for future collections. It’s still the color to dominate.

In this post I give a “première vision” about these extraordinary designs that later we’ll see – transformed in dresses – on the next catwalks. We may to admire the extraordinary combination of colors, the geometry association and the relaunch of floral themes.

Bruno Boggia Disegni has returned from a positive season. He has received great attention at the Paris Salon Indigo (September) and renewed acclaim to ComoCrea (last October).

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RELATED ARTICLE: FASHION TRENDS 2014 / “THE RHYTHM OF THE SEASONS”:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/textile-design-fashion-trends-2014-a-special-preview-the-rhythm-of-the-seasons/

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ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SILK SCARVES CREATED WITH BRUNO BOGGIA:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/turning-trash-into-artistic-silk-scarves-watch-the-video/

I made a videoclip (Design is Life) about Bruno Boggia Disegni; I’ve posted it at YouTube and Animoto. Here the links:

http://youtu.be/CemREj3-vM0

http://animoto.com/play/GIG9p1DhLL0j1WJ9iAnyQw#

 http://brunoboggiadisegni.wordpress.com/

 

BRUNO BOGGIA DISEGNI: ANTEPRIMA SULLE TENDENZE DEL 2013

Presso lo Studio Boggia Disegni di Como si respira aria… di futuro. Bruno, Lucia e le loro collaboratrici, hanno già gli occhi puntati sulle tendenze prossime venture. Anzi, lo sguardo è fisso sulla primavera estate del 2013. Abbiamo avuto modo di dare uno sguardo ai tessuti prodotti per le prossime collezioni. E’ ancora il colore a dominare.

In questo “post” offriamo una “prima visione” di questi straordinari tessuti che prenderanno poi corpo nei capi di vestiario in preparazione per le passerelle. Ci sono da ammirare lo straordinario abbinamento delle tinte, l’accostamento delle geometrie ed il recupero (o la valorizzazione) del tema floreale.

Bruno Boggia Disegni è reduce da una stagione positiva. Ha ricevuto grande attenzione al Salone Indigo di Parigi (settembre) e rinnovati consensi a ComoCrea (lo scorso ottobre).

Guarda il clip “Design is Life” dedicato a Bruno Boggia Disegni:

http://youtu.be/CemREj3-vM0

http://animoto.com/play/GIG9p1DhLL0j1WJ9iAnyQw#

ROME PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT GAUDI’

 From November 24 to January 15, 2012, an extraordinary series of events under the sign of the great Catalan architect.

 

Rome will host from November 2011 to January 2012 an extraordinary series of events under the sign of the great Antoni Gaudí. This important cultural project will bring great events dedicated to the great Catalan architect and his iconic and universally known work: the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain). The exhibition – “Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia. Art, science and spirituality “- is housed in the St. Peter’s Basilica, Braccio di Carlomagno, Vatican City, Rome, from November 24, 2011 to January15, 2012.

The exhibition will present works of Antoni Gaudí through the relationship between art, architecture and transcendence. Commissioner and curator of the exhibition is the Catalan art historian Daniel Giralt-Miracle. In parallel to the important events connected with the exhibition will be held in Rome a series of academic and institutional activities designed to investigate the various aspects of Catalan culture and the church in the present era of Gaudí. The initiatives are made possible with support from the Fundación Endesa and the Fundació “la Caixa”, as well as support of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Pontifical Council for Culture. The exhibition, which takes place on a proposal and under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will be divided into six sections: Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia, Art, Other buildings of Gaudí, Science, Technology in the Sagrada Familia and La Sagrada Familia Spirituality Today .

This route, which will occupy an area of approximately 800 m², will frame Antoni Gaudí in his historical and artistic context. His masterpiece, la Sagrada Família, will be analyzed from the technical, artistic and religious aspects. . Among the exhibits there will be reconstructions about Gaudí era, plants, furnitures and liturgical objects – designed by the architect himself – photographic and audio-visual supports coming from the collections of the Museum of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

 info@artifexarte.it

 www.gaudiaroma.cat

 

ROMA RENDE OMAGGIO AL GRANDE GAUDI’

La città del Vaticano e la città di Roma ospiteranno nei mesi di novembre, dicembre e gennaio prossimi una straordinaria serie di eventi nel segno di Antoni Gaudí. Arte, Scienza e Spiritualità è l’importante progetto culturale che porterà in Vaticano e a Roma imperdibili appuntamenti espositivi ed accademici dedicati al grande architetto catalano e alla sua emblematica e universalmente conosciuta opera: la Sagrada Familia. La mostra – “Gaudí e la Sagrada Família. Arte, scienza e spiritualità” – è allestita nella Basilica di San Pietro, Braccio di Carlomagno, Città del Vaticano, Roma, dal 24 novembre 2011 al 15 gennaio 2012.

La rassegna illustrerà attraverso le opere di Antoni Gaudí il rapporto tra l’arte, l’architettura e la trascendenza. Commissario e curatore della mostra è lo storico d’arte catalano Daniel Giralt-Miracle. In parallelo all’importante manifestazione di carattere espositivo si svolgeranno a Roma una serie di attività istituzionali ed accademiche volte ad approfondire i molteplici aspetti della cultura e della chiesa catalana, nell’epoca di Gaudí e nell’attualità. Le iniziative sono rese possibili grazie al patrocinio della Fundación Endesa e della Fundació “la Caixa”, oltre al supporto della Generalitat de Catalunya e del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura.

La mostra, che si realizza su proposta e sotto gli auspici del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura, si articolerà in sei sezioni: Gaudí e la Sagrada Família, Arte; Altri edifici di Gaudí, Scienza; Tecnologia nella Sagrada Família, Spiritualità e La Sagrada Família oggi. Attraverso questo percorso, che occuperà una superficie di circa 800 m², si inquadrerà nel proprio contesto storico ed artistico la figura di Antoni Gaudí e delle sue opere, in particolare della Sagrada Família, di cui si analizzeranno gli aspetti tecnico-artistici e il messaggio religioso in essa contenuto. Tra gli oggetti in mostra vi saranno plastici dell’epoca di Gaudí, piantine, mobilia ed oggetti liturgici disegnati dallo stesso architetto e provenienti dalle collezioni del Museo della Sagrada Família, con relativo materiale fotografico e audiovisivo di supporto.

 

 

HAIKU AND VISUAL ART TELLING “A JAR OF RAINWATER”

 Joshua Sellers words fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions artworks: this is an Haiga

 

A jar of rainwater

clouds drifting

two or three

 

Una brocca di pioggia

si lasciano sospingere

due o tre nuvole

 

Une broc de pluie

se laissent pousser

deux ou trois nues

 

Une jarro de lluvia

se dejan transportar

dos o tres nubes

 

This is the third step of my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA). We had previously collaborated on a music video, for “Linger.” Now, in a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words this time with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – , we are presenting a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the third of a series of four we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… I took this image from a ripped poster sticked on the wall. ( 3 – To be continued)

 

ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 

 

In a Spider Web: the second Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/in-a-spider-web-words-and-images-for-a-trip-trhough-perception/

 

 

 

Moonlit Sky: the first Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/moonlit-skythe-first-haigalaceractions-by-joshua-sellers-and-roberto-alborghetti/

 

 

Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti

 

Earscapes Channel

http://youtu.be/iTtli44H66w

 

Lacer/azioni Channel

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE

 

 

LONDON, THE RIVER, THE WHEEL AND THE SURPRISING SOUNDTRACK OF A STREET MUSICIAN…

Last October I was in London to participate at Parallax AF Show, at La Galleria (Pall Mall). One night I decided to take a walk along the Golden Jubilee Bridge… The city by night was there, showing all its lights and shadows. I took mobile in my hands and I began to record the beautiful scene…

I didn’t realize that an anonymous street musician – not so distant from me – was playing his guitar (I wonder who he was…) So, a sweet melody was stiked together with my images, as a spontaneous soundtrack.

I posted the clip at my Lacer/azioni Channel, on YouTube. Enjoy it, here’s the link:

 http://youtu.be/W2mtdJuj7qs

COLORS OF FALL, COLORS OF LIFE

  

I’m always wondered and amazed how my “lacer/actions” artworks – images of torn (publi)city – are tuned on seasons. Fall is here and the nature around us dress itself with fantastic colors… So it happens to my artworks too. I was in Como and I had the way to catch some incredible images from ripped posters on the walls… They show colors of Fall. But for me they are colors of Life.