The Art of the Poster at the Boca Museum
Post #774 • April 13, 2006, 11:43 AM • 4 Comments
"Now this is graphic design," I said to Supergirl as we entered The Art of the Poster: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries at the Boca Museum. Late 19th and early 20th Century posters are as raucous and engaging as good jazz. Talents like Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonnard applied themsleves to the medium, using a barely-controlled line and evocative understatement. Others went the way of Alphonse Mucha, capitalizing on the sensual, machined curvilinearity of Art Nouveau. Thinning out the salon-style installation to about half would have left the jewels and eliminated the clunkers, and those jewels would have served adequately to convey a useful observation about the contemporary man-made world: it could use brighter colors and more spirals.