Radioactive Fallout, by an unknown designer, 1955. 
The Federal Civil Defense Administration played to fear, elevating Cold War worst-case scenarios as a means of galvanizing the public into action. These posters were distributed across the country, with the blank area at the bottom being used for the names of local businesses that were supporting regional civil defense initiatives. 
Upcoming in Swann’s April 24, 2014 auction of Modernist Posters.

Radioactive Fallout, by an unknown designer, 1955. 

The Federal Civil Defense Administration played to fear, elevating Cold War worst-case scenarios as a means of galvanizing the public into action. These posters were distributed across the country, with the blank area at the bottom being used for the names of local businesses that were supporting regional civil defense initiatives. 

Upcoming in Swann’s April 24, 2014 auction of Modernist Posters.

1920’s Constructivist Typographic Posters, top to bottom:

Walter Dexel, Neue Reklame, flyer, 1927.

Neue Wege der Photographie, collage maquette attributed to Walter Dexel, 1928. 

Walter Dexel, Ausstellung Kunstverein Jena, leaflet, 1923. 

From the catalogue:

A painter, typographer, graphic designer and teacher, Dexel was appointed as the director of the Art Union in Jena, a central German university town. Closely associated with the Bauhaus, he became one of the most prominent practitioners of Contstructivism. In 1935, he lost his position as a graphic design instructor at the Magdeburg Kunstgewerbe Schule, after he was deemed an “entartete” artist by the Nazi regime. Dexel’s advertising work is almost strictly typographic, following the principles of the Neue Typographie.

All upcoming our April 24, 2014 auction of Modernist Posters. 

These miniature car cards were used as part of a campaign to boost advertising in the New York subway system. They were sent to prospective advertisers on a weekly basis, along with miniature reproductions of the posters used in the subway advertising series themselves. Each card has the artist’s bio on the back and a factoid about advertising on the subway. Artists involved included: Edward McKnight Kauffer, Sascha Maurer, Joseph Binder, Lucian Bernhard, Paul Rand, Erik Nitsche, Otis Shepard and more. So, basically a who’s-who of poster design back in the mid-century!

Group of 25 subway car cards by various artists, 1947. Coming up tomorrow (4/24/14) in our Modernist Posters auction.

archivesofamericanart:

Friday GIFday: the many Venuses (Venusii?) of Hiram Powers.
Selections from: Page of photographs of various works by Hiram Powers and two images of the artist, 186-? / Longworth Powers, photographer. Hiram Powers papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Not only great art documentation, but great vernacular photography, too!

archivesofamericanart:

Friday GIFday: the many Venuses (Venusii?) of Hiram Powers.

Selections from: Page of photographs of various works by Hiram Powers and two images of the artist, 186-? / Longworth Powers, photographer. Hiram Powers papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Not only great art documentation, but great vernacular photography, too!