—C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
(more of this ilk from Mr. Fish here)
A host of British artists have designed posters to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The posters were unveiled at Tate Britain earlier this month, along with the programme for the London 2012 Festival. The full list of contributing artists are Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith, and Rachel Whiteread.
This post is drawn from a piece published in Creative Review, which also ran a follow-up article about the posters done for the Munich Olympics in 1972, here. Above: a sampling of the posters that have been unveiled, which can be purchased here.
I’m pleased to announce that the book we designed* for my girlfriend entitled “Evelin Richter [mostly well behaved]” is now in print (40 pages, cloth-bound hard-cover).
Ev’s purpose in issuing this book is to increase exposure for her figurative sculptural ceramic work (her goal is not really to sell books). As she puts it, “While I love living and working in Winnipeg Beach, the reality is that a rural resort community that dwindles down to some 500 or so souls in wintertime simply does not have enough collectors or art buyers to put soup on the table—I’m hoping that the body of work shown in this book will help me to find gallery representation in some major urban centers… I welcome suggestions from friends and patrons in this regard.”
Here is a link to an online PDF “eBook” version that you can download for free (5.7 MB, after opening the html link, just “save” the PDF to your computer). Ev would be delighted to receive feedback (positive or critical) and she’d be equally delighted if anyone viewing this book would “share” this link, pass it on to art lovers you may know, or help connect her with your favorite gallery. For anyone wishing to purchase an archival-quality hard-cover book, please let Ev know (send her an email here)… a batch of books will be available in time for Christmas giving.
•Thanks to my colleague Adrian Shum for doing the heavy lifting on the design/production!
(sage cautions worth heeding in these troubled times)
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Pacifism is the opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes or gaining advantage. Pacifism covers a spectrum of views ranging from the belief that international disputes can and should be peacefully resolved; to calls for the abolition of the institutions of the military and war; to opposition to any organization of society through governmental force (anarchist or libertarian pacifism); to rejection of the use of physical violence to obtain political, economic or social goals; to the obliteration of force except in cases where it is absolutely necessary to advance the cause of peace; to opposition to violence under any circumstance, including defense of self and others.
Pacifism may be based on moral principles (a deontological view) or pragmatism (a consequentialist view). Principled pacifism holds that at some point along the spectrum from war to interpersonal physical violence, such violence becomes morally wrong. Pragmatic pacifism holds that the costs of war and inter-personal violence are so substantial that better ways of resolving disputes must be found…
(full moon tonight
Billed as “a graphic design democracy project,” Power to the Poster is “a restless, hopeful movement with eyes set on new possibilities for change leading to the prosperity of the collective…,” and exists “to bring people together around a ready supply of well-designed, wild postings that comment on the issues of our time.”
A selection of 11×17 posters in PDF format are for anyone, anywhere, to download, print, and post. “The hope is that this site gets people talking about where we’ve been and where we’re going in these historic times.”