On the eve of the high-profile release of The Great Gatsby remake, The New York Times recently discussed how retailers like Barnes & Noble and WalMart were having a classic New School vs. Old School debate on whether to feature the movie tie-in edition (below, left) or the original book cover art (right) for their shelves. (NYT)
Perhaps even design legend, Saul Bass, might’ve been inspired by Gatsby, too, when you look at his 1960s one-sheet for Bonjour Tristesse. And just in case you missed it (or are a loyal Bing fan), Mr. Bass was given the Internet’s highest honor yesterday with a Google Doodle tribute on the search engine king’s main page. (Guardian)
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Meansheets is excited to tell you about a brand-spanking new book that has absolutely nothing to do with vintage movie posters!
It’s Just A Dog is my new novel about a famous dog painter’s prized pooch who dies unexpectedly, and then later comes back from the dead as a talking ghost. It’s like the movie, Ghost — except if Patrick Swayze returned to haunt Demi Moore as a rude, wise-cracking Jack Russell terrier.
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I’m not much of a horror movie fan, but I finally got a chance this weekend to look at Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s movie poster/memorabilia book, Too Much Horror Business — and was mesmerized by his scary pre-1940’s collection.
There’s also a revealing interview with Hammett, in which he details his poster collecting habits and how he has avoided the “celebrity tax” by hiring a fellow collector to do his bidding for him. (AllPosterForum)
Masters of Fashion Illustration, a new art book by fashion maven, David Downton (no relation to Downton Abbey), profiles some of the greatest fashion illustrators of the 20th Century — including a chapter dedicated to legendary poster artist, Bob Peak, who first penciled his beautiful lines for many high-profile fashion mags and commercial print ads.
Every artist has suffered rejection — and now Francoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker mag, has a book out called Blown Covers that is dedicated to the many interesting, but perhaps too incendiary, potential covers submitted for their vaunted weekly — no doubt supplied by the likes of such high-profile contributors as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Maira Kalman, and Saul Steinberg.
In honor of the newish highbrow artsy movie book, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design (written by Pat Kirkham and his daughter, Jennifer Bass, no less) — here’s a smashing tribute video of Bass’s work done by Ian Albinson of the always inspiring/excellent Art of the Title.