Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lead to the palace of wisdom

'That road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom' 
- Blake

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sage advice

From another who moved to New York from afar...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Brooklyn part 1

Summer, 1974. 
Photographer Danny Lyon spent two months snapping pictures of daily life in the borough.

Riis Park, a public beach in Brooklyn

Bond St, Brooklyn, July, 1974

Example of Brooklyn architecture on Vanderbilt Ave, June 1974

Nostrand Ave

Fire set by Brooklyn Polytechnic for testing

Kosciusco Public Swimming Pool, Bed Stuy, July 1974 
Williamsburg Bridge facing Manhattan

more here

The Zombies

An English rock band formed in 1962, their 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle, was twelve tracks written by the group's principal songwriters, Argent and Chris White and is ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Mad Men Art

Illustrator for Mad Men's sixth season Key Art is Brian Sanders, a designer who started in the 1960s in print

a ten-part serial for Woman's Mirror, 1964
Brian’s first published illustration painted in acrylics
...was engaged by Stanley Kubrick to record on set, the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1966...

with paintings and drawings only

Did a Fante cover

a portrait of Noel Coward for Nova magazine

and was known for his Bubble & Streak style as used for this,
season 2013, Mad Men -

“Matthew Weiner, inspired by a childhood memory of lush, painterly illustrations on T.W.A. flight menus, decided to turn back the promotional clock. He pored over commercial illustration books from the 1960s and ’70s and sent images to the show’s marketing team, which couldn’t quite recreate the look he was after. ‘Finally,’ he said, ‘they just looked up the person who had done all these drawings that I really loved, and they said: ‘Hey, we’ve got the guy who did them. And he’s still working. His name is Brian Sanders.' NY Times

In the era that “Mad Men” depicts, Mr. Sanders said, his illustration “gods” were mostly Americans — Bernie Fuchs, whose work defined much of the 1960s’ look of magazines like McCall’s and TV Guide and who was perhaps Mr. Sanders’ strongest influence; Lynn Buckham, known for a clean, Norman Rockwell-like style; Jack Potter, who dropped out of advertising in the ’50s and became a renowned teacher; and Joe De Mers, whose impossibly curvy pin-up-type womenhelped set the template for a character like Joan Harris on “Mad Men.” NY Times

more here amctv and here Brian Saunders via whorange