Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lumpenball Flyers by Franz Wilhelm Seiwert

'Lumpenball' is a popular(?) type of ball in Germany where guests come dressed in ragged and tattered clothes.

2. Lumpenball am Fastnachtssonntag im Industriehof (Second Ragged Clothes Ball on Carnival Sunday at the Industriehof), c. 1925

An die Freunde des Lumpenballs!! Das Sommerfest der progressiven Künstler ist am Samstag den 14. Juli (To the Friends of the Ragged Clothes Ball!! The Progressive Artists Summer Party Is on Saturday, July 14), 1928

Da ist er wieder Hurra der Lumpenball No 1 im Dekke Tommes am Samstag, den 19. Januar (There It Is Again The Ragged Clothes Ball No. 1 at the Dekke Tommes on Saturday, January 19), 1929

Wo verbringen Sie die kurzen Tage? Der Lumpenball ist Fastnachtssamstag Fastnachtsmontag Fastnachtsdienstag am Dekke Tommes (Where Do You Spend the Short Days? The Ragged Clothes Ball is on Carnival Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday at the Dekke Tommes), 1930

Der erste Lumpenball ist am Samstag den 17. Januar (The First Ragged Clothes Ball Is on Saturday January 17), 1931

Der 2te Lumpenball ist am Samstag den 31. Januar (The Second Ragged Clothes Ball Is on Saturday, January 31), 1931

3x Lumpenball (Three Times Ragged Clothes Ball), 1931

Der Lumpenball das Fest der progressiven Künstler ist am Samstag den 16. Januar, No 20 (The Ragged Clothes Ball, Party of the Progressive Artists, is on Saturday, January 16, No. 20), 1932

Lumpenball No 22, 23, 24- Die Fester der Progressiven Künstler (Ragged Clothes Ball Nos. 22, 23, 24- A Party for Progressive Artists), c. 1932

Der Lumpenball in Silber, der 25. Lumpenball am 28. Januar (The Ragged Clothes Ball in Silver, The Twenty-fifth Ball on January 28), 1933

More of Franz Wilhelm Seiwert's works at the MOMA's website [link]

Monday, December 28, 2009

Elaine Lustig Cohen

Yesterday TheSilverLining posted some great links to Elaine Lustig Cohen works. Here are some more of her works that I have not seen posted elsewhere.

A Type Specimen page, 1950

"Elaine Lustig Cohen (b. 1927) is the pioneering female graphic designer who incorporated the aesthetic vocabulary of European modernism into American graphic design, during the 1950s and 1960s. After training as a painter, she developed her design skills working with Alvin Lustig (whom she married in 1948). Following Lustig's premature death in 1955, she took control of the studio and between 1955 and 1961 produced a distinctive series of covers for publishing houses Meridan Books and New Directions. With their strong concepts, abstract forms and typographic invention, they represented a break from the prevailing tradition of pictorial illustration in book-jacket design. Her ability to summarize the content of text in the cover design was further aided when, working for architects including Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson she produced signage schemes intended to express a building's character. She designed many posters and catalogues for New York-based arts organizations, including the American Center for the Arts, the Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Jewish Museum. She married Arthur A. Cohen, publisher of Meridian Books; in 1973, they established Ex Libris, New York, a bookshop and gallery specializing in rare volumes of the European avant-garde. In 1995 her contribution to graphic design was acknowledge by an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York." (Livingston, 2003, 51). She continues to paint and create dynamic graphic collage-based work and is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York. Elaine Lustig Cohen donated her collection to RIT in 2008. " -Graphic Design Archive Online

7th Annual Purim Ball, The Jewish Museum, 1963

Hans Hoffman, 1997

Primary Structures: Younger American & British Sculptors, 1966

Literature in America, 1957

The Philosophy of Spinoza, 1958

The Federalist, 1961

Dangling Man, 1959

Max Ernst: Sculpture and Recent Painting, The Jewish Museum, 1966

Jonathan Edwards, 1959

Silver and Judaica Collection, The Jewish Museum, 1963

The Recollections of Alexis De Tocqueville, 1958

The Ideal Reader, 1997

The Disinherited Mind, 1958

Joseph Conrad, 1947 (co-designed with Alvin Lustig)

The Book of Jazz, 1958

Philosophy in the Middle Ages, 1959

Scenes From the Drama of European Literature, 1959

Jerusalem and Rome: The Writings of Josephus, 1960

Clear Writing, 1959

God and the Way of Knowning, 1957

Artists and Enemies - Three Novelas, 1997

New Year's Party Invitation, 1958

see more of Elaine Lustig Cohen's book covers @ Scott Lindberg's excellent flickr page [link]
and at Graphic Design Archive Online [link]
also see thesilverlining's post which inspired me to finally post these [link]
there are a few more of her works at my flickr page [link]
and even more works at Julie Saul Gallery [link]
*please cite or link when reposting*