Juxtapoz // Monday, November 11, 2013
During the Cold War, the DIA commissioned artists to illustrate accurate portrayal of Soviet military systems to accompany official briefings. The collection contains more than 1000 paintings and drawings completed between 1965 and 1989. Computer-generated graphics would replace this type of illustrated art in the late 80s.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Our November 2013 issue is on newsstands now, featuring a cover story on publisher of hardboiled crime, pulp noir novels, Hard Case Crime. HCC has brought back the classic crime detective series, and in doing so, have hired illustrators to recreate the vintage look of the great pulp genre. The results are both refreshing and a perfect ode to one of the great eras of commercial illustrations. Today, we look at the works of Michael Koelsch, who not only did the cover of the upcoming title Borderline for Hard Case Crime, but whose work is the cover of the new Juxtapoz.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 01, 2013
We always love looking at old advertisements, it's always fascinating to see what audience they were aiming for and what was cool in that particular period. These Levi's ads from the 70s reflect some pretty interesting social changes in going on in as the 60s was ending and the strangeness of the 70s were beginning in America.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 01, 2013
We love some good vintage graphic design here at Juxtapoz, a few weeks ago we posted a collection of Japanese advertisements from the 60s and 70s. This morning we take a look at some vintage safety posters from the Netherlands...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 14, 2013
Some new photos have surfaced of the United States nuclear weapons Operation Crossroads, conducted in 1946 off the coast of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Two bombs were detonated underwater that resulted in a 900ft vertical column of water. These images were taken 3.5 miles away from the island's beach, still uninhabitable due to the radiation.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, January 26, 2013
And in here we find the roots of much of the early Juxtapoz movements. What an amazing looking show going on in the Netherlands at the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem. In the Shadow of Tomorrow: Neo-realism in the Netherlands features an incredible group of works of early neo-realists working before World War II, all working under the guise of a threat of another massive, Europe altering war on the horizon.
Juxtapoz // Sunday, January 20, 2013
These gorgeously ornate letterforms were designed in the mid-1600s by the Polish goldsmith, Jan Christian Bierpfaff in the 1600's. He apprenticed with the Mackensen family of metalworkers in Cracow who introduced the Dutch auricular style of ornament into the Polish gold and silver workshops.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 15, 2012
Philippe Berthet is a French comic book and pinup artist with a signiature, traditional, vintage style. In 1994, Berthet launched the retro series 'Pin-Up' with writer Yann at Dargaud. The series, about 1940's and 1950's model Betty Page, was an homage to Milton Caniff and his comic 'Male Call'.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 09, 2012
This sounds a little vague, but we have definitely been excited by classic, handpainted movie posters on the site over the past week (see our Top 25 list here). Today, we came across a great list compiled by 50Watts of these great Swedish posters from the 1930s that were made in conjunction with the great Hollywood films of the day.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 08, 2012
Artist Suzannah Sinclair's dreamy and seductive work is largely inspired by the vintage pornography of the 60's and 70's, a time when earthy sensuality and voluptuous figures reigned supreme. By using pale washes of watercolor to allow the soft grain of her birch wood canvases to come through, Sinclair perfectly merges the visceral qualities of her medium with the nostalgic essence of her erotically-charged subject matter.