Bass. Saul Bass.

Last month, the Kemistry Gallery in London held a show presenting the poster art of legendary graphic artist Saul Bass.

Even if you don’t recognize the name, if you’re a film fan then you know his work well. If I say Vertigo, chances are one of the first things you’ll think of is that iconic movie poster of an angular black silhouette falling into blood red background. Bass is responsible for those marvelously clever, Cubist-flavored film posters from the Cold War era that absolutely summed up the tired-but-true cliche: a picture is worth a thousand words. Bass’ first work on poster art was for Otto Preminger‘s Carmen Jones and, impressed with the results, Preminger pressed Bass for ideas on the title sequences. Bass’ work helped pushed forward the artistic possibilities for opening/closing credit sequences and embarked him upon a highly successful and influential career as one of the preeminent graphic artists working in Hollywood.

I’m gutted to have missed Kemistry’s exhibit, and present a selection of their featured prints below:

Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant (1967)

Seconds (1966)

The Human Factor (1979)

Advise & Consent (1962)

Awww, Shucks

The always delightful Clara who runs Via Marugtta 51 named The Pictorial as a ‘Stylish Blogger’ and bestowed upon us this totally fun Stylish Blogger Award.

Now there are rules to this thing, of which I am only too happy to comply, particularly the first which is to link up to the blog that gave us the award.That of course is Clara and consider this a stern order to VISIT VIA MARGUTTA 51. NOW.

The second is to list 7 facts about yourself. This I am more reluctant to follow through on, but shall:

1.) I paint. Not particularly well, but I paint nonetheless. My grandmother is a gifted portrait artist and some of my earliest memories are of her teaching me technique on quiet weekends at her house. I had dreams of being as good as she is, but as it happens, I just… paint.

2.) I speak French. C’est-à-dire, je parle francais. J’ai appris le francais il y a quatre ans, et je suis un francophile absolument. Mon jour idéal est ecouter des chansons d’Edith Piaf avec une bouteille de vin est un plat du fromage. 😉

3.) I live in LA but my heart is back in England. My old flat was off the High Road in Chiswick, West London, on the floor above an Italian restaurant called That’s Amore. Whenever I’d locked myself out of my flat (which happened often) they’d let me sit, have a glass of wine and watch them make Margaretta pizzas. (Wonder if they’re still in business…)

4.) I’m a hypocritical vegetarian: I don’t eat meat but I own leather boots.

5.) I hate popcorn.

6.) I’m a proud 80s Child and my first crush was on Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran at the ripe age of 5. God… that eyeliner.

7.) I correct grammar for a living. I know that sounds frightfully boring, but it’s for a film magazine which is kinda fab. However, I would much rather chuck it all in to work under the table somewhere France.

And, finally, naming 7 Stylish Bloggers upon whom merit the title. That’s just plain cruel. Most everyone I know merits the title! (Least of all me!) But the rules mandate seven, so here goes nothin…

Angela’s The Hollywood Revue

Riikka’s Harlean’s Heyday

Brandie at True Classics

Kate Gabrielle’s scathingly brilliant Scathingly Brilliant

The elegant Viv and Larry

The Lady Eve Sidwich

and

the lovely Paris Atelier

 

Brian Duffy and the Swinging ’60s

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is one of my favorite art galleries and their exhibitions are always something truly spectacular. From October 12 through November 7, they are presenting a special presentation of Brian Duffy prints—Duffy being the Swinging Sixties photographer iconic fashion shoots and portraits of pop culture icons came to embody the energy and vitality of this explosively creative era.

Duffy (in)famously set fire to all of his original negatives back in 1979, but not all were destroyed and the Chris Beetles gallery is displaying the surviving images: the result of what they describe as “two years of painstaking archiving.” If you, like me, can’t make the trip across the pond to pay a visit, here’s a look at these dynamic prints, featuring everyone from John Lennon to California’s future Governator:

Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton, early 1960s

Michael Caine, 1964

Michael Caine, 1964

John Lennon, 1965

John Lennon, 1965

Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt, 1960

Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt, 1960

Sidney Poitier, 1965

Sidney Poitier, 1965

"Queen" Magazine, 1965

"Queen" Magazine, 1965

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Brian Duffy and the Swinging '60s

London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is one of my favorite art galleries and their exhibitions are always something truly spectacular. From October 12 through November 7, they are presenting a special presentation of Brian Duffy prints—Duffy being the Swinging Sixties photographer iconic fashion shoots and portraits of pop culture icons came to embody the energy and vitality of this explosively creative era.

Duffy (in)famously set fire to all of his original negatives back in 1979, but not all were destroyed and the Chris Beetles gallery is displaying the surviving images: the result of what they describe as “two years of painstaking archiving.” If you, like me, can’t make the trip across the pond to pay a visit, here’s a look at these dynamic prints, featuring everyone from John Lennon to California’s future Governator:

Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton, early 1960s

Michael Caine, 1964

Michael Caine, 1964

John Lennon, 1965

John Lennon, 1965

Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt, 1960

Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt, 1960

Sidney Poitier, 1965

Sidney Poitier, 1965

"Queen" Magazine, 1965

"Queen" Magazine, 1965

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Vogue Magazine, 1964

Vogue Magazine, 1964