poster

The exhibition of the Post-Ecuador Poster Bienal in Poland

Beginning from 16th March to 16th April 2017 in Centrum Spotkania Kultur in Lublin, visitors will have the opportunity of seeing the post-contest, international Ecuador Poster Bienal exhibition. The exhibition in Poland will include around 300 best posters by artists from over 30 countries. The works were selected by an international jury from 9620 works …

The exhibition of the Post-Ecuador Poster Bienal in Poland Read More

Henri Matisse vs Paul Rand – what the famous fauvist has to do with the author of IBM logo

Graphic design and painting might seem to some as distant fields of art but the truth is that artists from both sides face the same artistic problems, for instance: balanced composition, colour, scale, dominant etc. In history of art, there are instances of artists who practice completely different art styles and yet create very similar …

Henri Matisse vs Paul Rand – what the famous fauvist has to do with the author of IBM logo Read More

The meaning of line directions in art – horizontals, verticals, diagonals

When painting or composing any project one should consider that different compositional layouts evoke different effects on the viewer and might evoke different connotations. The dominance of horizontal lines in a painting or a graphic design project symbolizes peace, stagnation, melancholy or even sadness. This results from subconscious association of horizontal position with sleeping, retirement …

The meaning of line directions in art – horizontals, verticals, diagonals Read More

Polish and international posters – an interview with professor Mieczyslaw Wasilewski

I have known professor Wasilewski for 20 years. In a recent, exclusive to retroavangarda.com interview he talks about his art, art-related travels, poster design around the world and the state of Polish poster. Anna Kłos: For many years you’ve been in the Program Council as well as among the members of the Organizing Committee of …

Polish and international posters – an interview with professor Mieczyslaw Wasilewski Read More

Jamie Reid and the Punk Rebellion

In the first half of the 70s Great Britain saw the rise of an underground subculture, which turned the graphic design of that time upside down. Punk movement took over fashion, music and visual arts and quickly spread to other countries. Its trademark were ragged clothes, Mohawk hairstyle and rowdy music. Sex Pistols is said …

Jamie Reid and the Punk Rebellion Read More

cover black

Black – what hides inside

Everyone has a favourite colour – mine is black. Black is fascinating, perhaps because it has many meanings that can be juxtaposed. In western cultures and in Poland it is associated with sadness and mourning – it is the simplest connotation. It is also the colour of elegance, luxury, independence and power. In China black symbolizes happiness, …

Black – what hides inside Read More

Michał Batory – projekty okładek

Michal Batory’s exhibition in Warsaw – book covers

Michał Batory is one of the most appreciated poster artists in the world. He studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, but for many years now he has been living and working in Paris. His art was even exhibited in Louvre, making him the second Pole in history presented in that gallery. Not everyone knows, however, …

Michal Batory’s exhibition in Warsaw – book covers Read More

Kiryk Drewinski - plakaty

Psychedelic style in graphic design

Psychedelic style was a characteristic and easily recognizable style of the second half of the 60s. It referred both to music and visual art. Its development was influenced mainly by the hippie movement (Flower Power ideology), pacifism and interest in the culture of Far East – mostly Buddhism. The term “psychedelic music” was first used …

Psychedelic style in graphic design Read More

Erté „Nil”

Retro-elegance: the return to Art Déco

In my last post I mentioned that ‘Wiener Werkstätte’ had a direct influence on the development of art déco. This style flourished between 1919-1939 and involved painting, architecture, sculpture, graphics and also small items of everyday use about which I would like to expand on today. The ‘art déco’ term derives from French art décoratif …

Retro-elegance: the return to Art Déco Read More

Scroll to Top