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Where’ s your Poster Passion?

pop-art-poster-brooklynI have always had a passion for posters! Posters have always caught my attention with the speed of lightening — the colors, the bold lettering, the subject, the commercial effect, all of it has never ceased to catch my eye and draw me if I see a poster I like, it’s a happiness on steroids moment!  And other than my own work, I love the posters of Mucha and Lautrec,with Doisneau, Man Ray, and Warhol coming right behind and anything pulp or noir included.

Posters have been considered cool, a avant-garde shall we say, since those historic art world evolving days of Lautrec and Mucha, and Utrillo. Then fast forward to the 60’s. drugs, sex, and rock and roll! Sounds like Paris in the early 1900’s the Belle Epoch or as Gertrude Stein called it The Lost Generation. The  light show phenomena was a match made in poster heaven – those swirling colors, and hippie slogans went together effortlessly. We adorned our rooms at home, our dorm rooms at college, stages, coffee shops, diners, head shops, were decorated with posters.

monterey-pop-festival-posterWho can forget the famous Monterey Pop poster with Janis Joplin front and center?  Or Andy’s Gold Marilyn? There are certain art forms that adhere to poster style like Dylan took to folk. Pop art is a made to order for posters. A natural. Warhol with his commercial stylized pop art, and Mucha with his ornate, embellished, ultra feminine art nouveau designs advertising products of his day, companied with his muse, the Queen of theatre Sarah Bernhardt, often his model, took his painting off the canvas and onto the paper in poster form that glorified the product with the beauty of the gorgeous women he had posing for him in his studio in Prague.

Toulouse Lautrec Poster Moulin Rouge ParisToulouse Lautrec had his famous poster of Aristide Bruant from the Moulin Rouge plastered on walls all over Paris, as well as Jane Avril, the darling of the Can-can dance one of his favorite models and friends, and many others. Posters became the rage and they still are today! More than ever!

I have discovered that  my paintings also love the poster. And the poster loves back. It’s kind of a love match made in poster heaven. The bold colors, the retro and complex collage design, the story telling I do all make for a jazzy poster, framed or freely hanging. Since I have Always loved posters this makes me very happy!

cool-pop-art-poster-californiaMarilyn Monroe PosterPosters are a glossy, bold, immodest, brazen way to liven up your apartment. You are  making a small investment , but receiving generous returns! Maybe you can’t splurge on the real thing , but you can party with a poster! I still have my Endless Summer poster from 1972, the hot pink, fiery orange, and Malibu sun yellow make a steamy summer statement unavoidable by the viewer. Richard Avedon’s poster of Marilyn Monroe sitting in that long white gown,  makes the room interesting, a focal point , and anything and everything else in that room fades away. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that the poster is a legit art form and creates a mood and a message undeniable for over 100 years.

Joy D'orsay Pop art posterWhile checking out my paintings at joydorsay.com. I hope you consider my pop art posters on my Etsy store. I have them available for you to hang out with,  be entertained, enjoy, and add to your collection as well as to your life, as you experience The Joy of Art!

 

Brooklyn Fedora Frenzy

hipster-fail-brooklyn-1While cruising Brooklyn galleries last weekend looking for information and inspiration, I notice now that spring has sprung the Fedora fetish has come to life with a frenzy! It’s everywhere and anywhere, that little straw hat with the black band perched slightly sideways on heads roaming the streets of Nyc , and particularly dominantly Brooklyn. It’s positioned on hat heads, meaning the head that’s genetically made for a hat, and unfortunately on non hat heads as well. That’s unfortunate. But it does give the hipster look to the non hipster who craves that appeal. Easy. Just put a fedora on and boom! You are a hipster, except now it’s become tired. Used to be the artsy types sporting a fedora with the cocky self assured confidence of the innovator style setter. But that was 2 years ago and now it’s still hanging on with a vengeance but lacking the nouveau allure it had in its infancy.

hipster-fail-brooklyn-2Some lucky people can work the fedora with swag but the ones who fail give the fedora a bad name . So why do it? In the art Soho days of the 70’s when art was dirty and kind of the way it is supposed to be, nobody would have been caught dead wearing a fedora. Waaaay too affected pretentious and downright silly. But in the Soho of past days, guys wore a lot of hair and girls did too. Remember the Broadway show HAIR? To hide your flowing locks with a straw hat would have been shameful and counter productive! Hair was to be seen in all of its glory – as the artists covered the battered lofts of downtown with their newest inspiration and the subways and walls of Manhattan with the graffiti tags that made them street worthy artists like Basquiet, Haring and Warhol.

Warhol, Mr. Pop himself, never wore a hat. Hair identified him along with the Campbell’s soup can and his ubiquitous dollar signs. Lou Reed in a fedora? I don’t Think so!

sarah-bernhardtBut today it’s all about about a Fedora! That snappy down in the front and up in the back look that defines the hat is ambiguous at first glance but historically Sarah Bernhardt played Princess Fedora in a play written for her by Sardou  in 1889. Being a cross dresser Bernhardt sported the fedora with style and finesse. Great! Michael Jackson often wore one while performing,  and it’s also been as a favorite for gangsters in cinema and otherwise. But today it’s become commonplace by its complete lack of individuality and indiscretion by those who choose to wear one. Like anything too much becomes boring ,overplay, overkill, which causes stagnancy and then proceeds to die a slow death. The attention span of the typical person is brief. Who knows whether or not Warhol would be the icon he is today if he had not suffered an early death and assassination attempt in his prime? I cannot imagine pop art masters Rosenquist, Wesselmann, and Rauschenberg strolling the streets with a fedora on their heads. These were men making crazy innovative art!  The fedora just wouldn’t cut it.

Max-Kansas-City-NYCHipsters have a fashion look that’s obvious. Too obvious. Trouble is that it’s all the same. The artists are copycats, paper doll cut outs where one can be exchanged for another. Patti Smith was one of a kind as were Blondie, Iggy, Basquiat, and the rest of the crew who hung at Max’ Kansas City back in the day. There were no mass reproductions and their art reflected that fact.

That’s how art develops – in a wildness where people choose their OWN look without the need to regurgitate a fad lacking individuality or unique choice.

So can we give the fedora a rest? Let it go.

Just. Let. It. Go.

Seeking & Finding

pop-art-poster-brooklynOk. You finally scored that fabulous Brooklyn pad and you’re all moved in. You even found the perfect couch and yeah it was Salvation Army vintage 1950 but how cool is that? Right?

You are relaxing feet up on said couch, sipping your second glass of Bordeaux, grazing thru Time Out at all the activities you should be pursuing in the NYC Wonderland when suddenly you find yourself distracted by something not good. It’s your blank boring white walls!

Bummer. You are in the coolest place ever, your apartment is Awesome, the wine is tasty, you even made a date with that looker you spoke to at the Whythe rooftop bar last weekend, but here you are in the present, and you are surrounded by the flat blah ness of white walls.

It’s NOT a good look.

pop-art-poster-brooklyn-2Sound familiar?  Well as my buddy Picasso said, You don’t need to seek, because at Joy D’Orsay.com you have Found! I have a collection of colorful, hip jazzy paintings available in framed posters, canvas & paper to give your apartment the POP it needs! Email me today!

Light up your place and your life with the Art of Joy!

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