Any discussion of modernism in California should mention Alvin Lustig. Lustig studied with Kem Weber and with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East. Lustig viewed graphic design as part of a larger framework that included architecture, interior design, and product design. He had the sort of restless good taste that couldn't be constrained by categories. He was grounded in the Bauhaus method yet believed in California's boundless potential. Lustig's inspired teaching at the Art Center, the University of Georgia, Black Mountain College, and Yale ensured his lasting influence. He's part of an elite group of California Modernists including Louis Danziger and Saul Bass. Born Modern takes us through all the stages of Lustig's short, stellar career. We see gorgeous full-color pictures of Lustig's immaculate type setting, his explosively creative book covers, as well as his rigorous, deceptively simple advertisements and corporate identity work. The book also treats us to an insightful look at Lustig's forward-thinking architecture, interiors, and furniture. His insistence on rejecting design specialization is more relevant today than ever before. He was designing for his era with a keen sense for the future.
Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen have created a book that's a wonderful celebration of Lustig's life and work. It's essential for any serious design library.
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It's coming up on the end of the week and I'd like to start the day with something fun. Frank and I have been totally obsessed with this video. Enjoy :) For more info check out Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. online.
Last night Frank and I watched the amazing film Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. The film was inspiring; a glimpse into the mind of a genius artist. It was equally heartbreaking and beautiful. Anyone that loves Jean-Michel's work or just loves art must see this great film.