Category: Illustration / Graphic Art

Peter Max
GOD (with words of Swami Sivananda, Himalayas)

“God”, published in 1970, from the iconic series of popular books illustrated by American graphic artist Peter Max with words of Swami Sivananda, Himalayas, who was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. The 4 book series was made up of God/Thought/Peace/Love. Hardcover. First Edition.

“Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a German-born American illustrator and graphic artist, known for the use of psychedelic shapes and color palettes as well as spectra in his work. Max’s art work was first identified as having been a popular part of the counter culture and psychedelic movements in graphic design during the late 1960s and early 1970s – works in this style appeared on posters and were seen on the walls of college dorms across America. In 1962, Max started a small Manhattan arts studio known as “The Daly & Max Studio,” with friend Tom Daly. Daly and Max were joined by friend and mentor Don Rubbo, and the three worked as a group on books and advertising for which they received industry recognition. Much of their work incorporated antique photographic images as elements of collage. Max’s interest in astronomy contributed to his self described “Cosmic ’60s” period, which featured what became identified as psychedelic, counter culture imagery. Max’s art was popularized nationally through TV commercials such as his 1968 “un cola” ad for the soft drink 7-UP. He is known for using bursts of color, often containing much or all of the visible spectrum. His work was both influenced by, as well as widely imitated by, others in the field of commercial illustration. Max then became fascinated with new printing techniques that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise. In 1970, many of Max’s products and posters were featured in the exhibition “The World of Peter Max,” which opened at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. The United States Postal Service commissioned Max to create the 10-cent postage stamp to commemorate the Expo ’74 World’s Fair in Washington, and Max drew a colorful psychedelic scene with a “Cosmic Jumper” and a “Smiling Sage” against a backdrop of a cloud, sun rays and a ship at sea on the theme of “Preserve the Environment.” Max’s work has since been recognised through work with everyone from the 1994 World Cup, Yes, The World Series between the New York Yankees and Mets, and Taylor Swift.”

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The Blue Book

Published in 1983, The Blue Book compiles an amazing, diverse, all-colour collection of erotic fantasies through the eyes of over 100 of the world’s most successful artists of the early 1980s, including Andy Warhol, Harumi Yamaguchi, Richard Bernstein, Carol Lay, Robert Blue, Lou Brooks, Robert Grossman, Mick Haggerty, George Hardie, Bush Hollyhead, Allen Jones, John Kacere, Katsu, Mel Odom, Neon Park, Gary Panter, Mel Ramos, Pater Sato, Todd Schorr, Tom Wesselmann, Tadanori Yokoo, George Stavrinos,  Olivia, Nancy Kintisch and many more!

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THE JOY OF FROGS
by Tomi Ungerer

1st UK hardback edition of this wonderful collection of Tomi Ungerer’s provocative frog watercolours from the early 1980’s. The amphibious “Joy of Sex”, this fabulous collection of frog erotica is one of Ungerer’s incredible adult books, sitting alongside such classics as The Party (1966), Fornicon (1969) and Tomi Ungerer’s Compromises (1970), Totempole (1976), amongst many others.
Tomi Ungerer (born 28 November 1931) is an award winning French illustrator and a writer in three languages. He has published over 140 books ranging from much loved children’s books to controversial adult work and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is known for sharp social satire and witty aphorisms. He is renowned for his iconic Advertising campaigns and political posters against the Vietnam War and Racial Injustice which were representative of the burgeoning political consciousness in New York in the 1960’s. His political engagement has continued to this day in campaigns against Racism and Fascism, for Nuclear disarmament, Ecology and numerous Humanitarian causes.

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Autonomy: The Cover Designs of Anarchy, 1961–1970
edited by Daniel Poyner

Anarchy was a journal of ideas published in London in the 1960s. Although its contributors were many and diverse, Anarchy was essentially the creation of one person, Colin Ward (1924–2010). With this journal, and throughout his work as a writer, editor, and activist, Ward proposed the idea that anarchist principles of mutual aid and autonomous organization outside a centralized state can be achieved here and now. This book gives attention for the first time to the covers of Anarchy, designed mostly by Rufus Segar. These little-known works provided the enticing entry to the plain text pages of the journal. The book reproduces all of the covers in a sequence that suggests, incidentally, something of the history of graphic design in Britain in those years. And it goes beyond the images, with an array of supporting texts that give a full picture of Anarchy and its context.

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Daniel Poyner, Introduction

The covers of Anarchy

Raphael Samuel, ‘Utopian sociology’
Daniel Poyner, A conversation with Rufus Segar
Richard Hollis, ‘Anarchy and the 1960s’
Robin Kinross, An index to Anarchy

‘Autonomy’ doesn’t try to present Segar as some great innovator of graphic design. He wasn’t one and makes no claim to be. What the book sets out to do, and it succeeds magnificently without visual or verbal hyperbole, is to enrich and add nuance to our understanding of a 1960s graphic landscape we might think we know inside out by acquainting us with unfamiliar work that provided an important forward-thinking publication with its public face. Segar believed in the journal’s cause and 40 years later, he reports, he and his wife Sheila are still anarchists.
Rick Poynor, Creative Review, January 2013

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