Roman Cieslewicz

Plakat Polski : Contemporary Polish Posters

1st edition of this Japanese publication on Contemporary Polish Posters, published by the Bijutsu Shuppan Design Center in 1975.

Beginning in the 1950s and through the 1980s, the Polish School of Posters combined the aesthetics of painting with the succinctness and simple metaphor of the poster. It developed characteristics such as painterly gesture, linear quality, and vibrant colours, as well as a sense of individual personality, humour, and fantasy. It was in this way that the Polish poster was able to make the distinction between designer and artist less apparent. Posters of the Polish Poster School significantly influenced the international development of graphic design in poster art. Their major contribution is in their use of the power of suggestion through allusion. Using strong and vivid colours from folk art, they combine printed slogans, often hand-lettered, with popular symbols, to create a concise inventive metaphor. As a hybrid of words and images, these posters created a certain aesthetic tension that projected the art form in this period on European design. In addition to aesthetic aspects, these posters were able to reveal the artist’s emotional involvement with the subject. They did not solely exist as an objective presentation, rather they were also the artist’s interpretation and commentary on the subject and on society.

To this day, “Plakat Polski” remain as influential as ever on the world of graphic design, typography, illustration and even painting, and are widely collected and exhibited around the world.

Significant artists include Roman Cieślewicz, Wojciech Fangor, Mieczyslaw Gorowski, Tadeusz Jodlowski, Jan Lenica, Jan Mlodozeniec, Józef Mroszczak, Julian Pałka, Franciszek Starowieyski, Waldemar Świerzy, Henryk Tomaszewski, Maciej Urbaniec, Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, Bronisław Zerlek, Maks Bereski-Plakiat.

Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white with a vast array of the finest examples of Polish graphic art.

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Fashion and Surrealism

“The influence of Surrealism on fashion and its ancillary arts lasted decades longer than the movement itself. This catalog, accompanying a 1987 exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology, explores the extravagances of visual language as social and political comment, a revolution in perception.”–The Library Journal.

“The love affair between fashion and Surrealism began in the Paris of the 1920s when Surrealist artists plundered fashion’s imagery for their art, raising fashion beyond the level of mere style to an important expression of culture. This text reveals the extravagent and ingenious creations resulting from this collaboration. It ranges from the shocking Surrealist dresses of Schiaparelli and Dali, and photographic experiments with Surrealist techniques by Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton and George Hoyningen-Huene to the work of younger fashion designers, including Olivier Guillemin and Vivienne Westwood, who have all brought Surrealist imagery into clothing and accessories.”

This bountiful, visually lavish volume, published to accompany a 1987 exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology, features the garments, paintings, sculptures, illustrations, window displays, fashion advertisements, costume designs and photography of Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Issey Miyake, Horst P. Horst, Cinzia Ruggeri, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Krizia, Giorgio De Chirico, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, Donatella, Rene Magritte, Comme des Garcons, Enrico Donati, Elsa Schiaparelli, Salvador Dali, Marcel Rochas, Jaques Griffe, Adelle Lutz, Marina Killery, Dominique Lacoustille, Emme, Stephen Jones, Louise Bourbon, Bill Cunningham, Germaine Vittu, Eric Braagaard, Karl Lagerfeld, Candy Pratts Price, Serge Lutens, Antonio, Linda Fargo, Claude Montana, Georgina Godley, Olivier Guillemin, Yves Tanguy, Christian Lacroix, Valentine Hugo, Paul Colin, Francoise Lesage, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Cocteau, Adam Kurtzman, Herbert Bayer, Mel Odom, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alfa Castaldi, Leo Malet, Jorge Silvetti, Gabriella Giandelli, Givenchy, Marcel Jean, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Michael Roberts, Marcel Vertés, Bert Stern, John Galliano, Danuta Riyder, Paul Delvaux, Manolo Blahnik, Dorothea Tanning, Eileen Agar, Miguel Covarubias, Cristobal Balenciaga, Andre Masson, Leonor Fini, Roman Cieslewicz, Shoji Ueda, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, A. M. Cassandre, Peter Lindbergh, Claude Cahun, Jean Arp, and so many more.

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IDEA No.150
Special Issue 1978-9

IDEA No.150
Special Issue 1978-9

Cover Design by Kazumasa Nagai

Features the work of: Anton Stankowski, F. H. K. Henrion, Frieder Grindler, Colin Forbes, Alan Fletche, Wim Crouwel, Adrian Frutiger, Jacques Richez, Silvio Coppola, George Him, Hermann Zapf, Karl Oskar Blase, Pieter Brattinga, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Stanislav LKovár, Gunther Kieser, Wolf D. Zimmermann, John Gorham, Heiri Steiner, Hans Hillmann, Jan van Toorn, Franvo Bassi, Bernard Villemot, Kurt Wirth, Hans Schleger, Emanuele Luzzati, Pino Tovaglia, Helmut Schmidt-Rhen, Allen Hurburt, Giulio Confalonieri, Michael Foreman, Giulio Confalonieri, Siegfried Odermatt, Roman Cieslewicz, Heinz Waibl, Jean Widmer, Flavio Costanitini, Pierre Boucher, Arnold Schwartzman, Gilles Fiszman, Ruedi Külling, Mark Zeugin, B. K. Wiese, David Pelham, Herbert W. Kapitzki, Franco Grignani, Georges Calame, Peter Megert, Waldemar Swierzy, Rosmarie Tissi, Mervyn Kurlansky, John McConnell, Jukka Veistola, Kurt Weidemann, Rambow, Lienemeyer, Van de Sand, Stuart Ash, Jean David, Heather Cooper, Makoto Nakamura, Ikko Tanaka, Tadanori Yokoo, Katsumi Asaba, Kazumasa Nagai, Yoshio Hayakawa, Yasaburo Kuwayama, Shigeo Fukuda, Kiyoshi, Awazu, Isao Nishijima, Yusaku Kamekura, U. G. Satoh, Shigeo Okamoto, Tadashi Ohashi, Takenobu Igarashi, Eiko Ishioka…

Contents:

Graphic Design in Europe : Colin Forbes
The main stream and branch of the graphic design for the latest 25 years in Europe : Anton Stankowski
Japanese design and European design : Shigeru Watano
Japan’s Present Graphic Design Situation : Shinichi Segi
Past 25 Years of Japanese Graphic Design : Kazumasa Nagai
List of Designers who appear in this issue
Index to Overseas Artists and their Works (from No. 1 to No. 149)

About the cover designer:
Kazumasa Nagai
Born in Osaka in 1929. In 1951 he withdrew from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he majored in sculpture. In 1960 he participated in organaizing the Nippon Design Center. On two occasions his designs were selected in competitions to serve as the official marks of major national events: the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games in 1966 and the Okinawa International Ocean Exposition in 1972. Now he is working mainly on posters.

IDEA was founded in 1953 in Tokyo, Japan by the Seibundo-Shinkosha publishing company. It fast became, and remains to this day, one of the most important graphic design and typography publication in the world and certainly the most significant forum on design criticism in Asia throughout the 1950s/60s/70s/80s/90s/2000s. The magazine offers rare insight into international and domestic designers and their work through historical analysis, criticism and examples of projects.

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Roman Cieslewicz
Master of Graphic Design


1st edition of this major monograph on the iconic work of  Polish graphic artist Roman Cieslewicz, published in 1993.

Roman Cieslewicz is one of a handful of graphic artists who have attained worldwide recognition. Over 30 years or more of concentrated activity, he has created posters, book jackets and advertisements which have become modern icons of graphic art.
A Pole who has lived all his professional life in France, Cieslewicz has constantly broken new ground, using imaginative collage, photomontage, and typography in campaigns to sell specific products, in announcements and publicity for all sorts of cultural events, and indeed in making incisive political comments on our times. Best known for a number of unforgettable images, all of which are reproduced in this book, Cieslewicz continues to set the pace in an extremely competitive field. His use of bold colours and basic shapes, combined with his refined hard-edge technique, gives him an unmistakable and immediately recognizable image, while his ability to shock and amuse sets him apart from most of his colleagues.

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