Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What You Park in Da Street

So, what do you park in da street?

"DA CAR"
New York State license plate

Note:  Click to see more blog posts about license plates I've come across in my travels.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Matthew Diffee's Hand Drawn Joke Caption Contest

New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee's brand new book is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People. He promoted this book with a one-off caption contest. Here's my personal entry, with apologies to those of you who thought this was a high-class blog.


"No, I said take out the trash."


Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People by Matthew Diffee

Matthew Diffee

Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People by Matthew Diffee






An Evening at the Moth:  Matthew Diffee


Note:  After you've ordered a copy or two, check out my earlier blog posts about Matt Diffee.

My entire two-year history of trying to figure out Caption Contests is right here for the browsing. No, I haven't found the skeleton key.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Jim Dine's Art

You know that it's art if it says so. This limited edition offset lithographic poster by Jim Dine from 1968 is definitely art. See for yourself.

Jim Dine, Art, 1968, 130/144

It is being offered this week at Skinner:
Skinner Listing Closing June 1, 2015

Note:  There's more art by Jim Dine on the blog, although the rest of it isn't necessarily labelled as such.

If anyone knows the source of Jim Dine's photograph, just give a holler.

That edition size of 144--a dozen dozen--reminds me of a joke I first heard from high school math teacher John Titterton back in the day:  Why is the number 288 never mentioned in polite company?  It's two gross.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jim Dine's Short Sharp Shock

Jim Dine created an unusually disturbing poster for the New York City Center Gilbert and Sullivan Company's 1968 season. The poster's graphics recall the threatened beheading that is central to the plot of "The Mikado" (1885), although the image's tone is more chilling and less amusing than what is presented onstage. "The Mikado," set in the fictitious Japanese town of Titipu, is one of five comic operas that was performed at City Center in April and May of that year. "Yeomen of the Guard," which was also presented, has a potential beheading in its plot as well.

Jim Dine, City Center - Gilbert & Sullivan, 1968, 22/144

A limited edition copy of this poster is offered at Skinner:
Skinner Listing Closing June 1, 2015

Of course, "The Mikado" actually deals with the morbid subject of beheading rather lightly. Here Pooh-Bah, Ko-Ko, and Pish-Tush contemplate which one of them must be sacrificed by beheading in order to comply with the Mikado's stern decree:

"I Am So Proud" from "The Mikado" (1885) by Gilbert & Sullivan
Stratford Festival, 1982
Richard McMillan as Pooh-Bah
Eric Donkin as Ko-Ko
Alan Stewart-Coates as Pish-Tush
Conducted by Berthold Carriere

This 1968 Playbill cover illustrates a scene from "The Pirates of Penzance," one of the five Gilbert and Sullivan works performed by City Center's Gilbert and Sullivan Company. In contrast to the poster, the lighthearted tone of this illustration seems more in keeping with the spirit of the plays.
Playbill, City Center Gilbert & Sullivan Company, 1968

The five works performed by the New York City Center Gilbert and Sullivan Company in the spring of 1968:
From The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Appendix F:  Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas


Note:  See my other blog posts about Jim Dine.

There are a few posts here about Gilbert and Sullivan as well.

Can anyone identify the photo used by Jim Dine in the poster? How about the illustrator of the Playbill cover?

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cyrk Posters of a Walrus and a Clown with a Slingshot

Here are two more Polish Circus Posters from a past Skinner auction. Jerzy Czerniawski's poster of a walrus has interesting lettering, while Jan Mlodozeniec's poster of a clown is notable for its missing letter.

Two Polish Circus Posters
Jerzy Czerniawski, Walrus Cyrk Poster, left
Jan Mlodozeniec, Clown with Slingshot Cyrk Poster, right



Skinner Listing Closing September 12, 2012

Price with Buyer's Premium


Note:  Check out more posters on the blog.

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My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #475

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #475 for May 18, 2015. The drawing is by Frank Cotham.

"What would you do with venture capital that you're not doing now?"

That's a bit wordy. Perhaps I should have gone with one of these instead:
"How would you like to monetize your cave?"
"As a matter of fact, I do have Grey Poupon."
"Still no business plan, I see."
"How would you like to double your capacity?"



May 26, 2015 Update:  The Finalists



Note:  Last week, cartoonist P. C. Vey offered some timely gardening advice for the business community. My caption didn't take root. See the seedy outcome of Contest #474.

Frank Cotham's previous appearances on this blog can be summed up in one click.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cyrk: Sawing the Woman in Two

Polish circus posters are among the most inventive produced anywhere. Here's an especially amusing one of a magician performing a classic trick. It is being offered this week at Skinner.

Polish Circus Poster

Skinner Listing Closing May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015 Update: Sold!
The Hammer Price
Price with Buyer's Premium

Skinner Bid History



Note:  Now you see it! There's more here on the blog about poster art.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Jean-Michel Folon: In the Cards

We all know you shouldn't wear your heart on your sleeve, but it might just be okay on your tie. Or is that a shirt? A delightful poster by Jean-Michel Folon for Galerie Marquet is being offered this week by Skinner.

Jean-Michel Folon, 28 Coeurs d'Artistes Contemporains
Galerie Marquet Poster, November 20 to December 15, 1973

Skinner Listing Closing May 22, 2015

An example, presumably rare, of the poster before lettering:
Jean-Michel Folon, 28 Coeurs d'Artistes Contemporains
Galerie Marquet Poster Before Lettering, November 20 to December 15, 1973


May 22, 2015 Update: Sold!
The Hammer Price
Price with Buyer's Premium

Skinner Bidding History



Note:  Three of a kind! Attempted Bloggery's archives have more Folon, more posters, and, yes, more hearts!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #474

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #474 for May 11, 2015. The drawing is by P. C. Vey.

"He works from home."


May 18, 2015 Update:  The Finalists



Note:  Last week, cartoonist Michael Maslin took us across the galaxy in a kitchen appliance. My caption must have been abducted by aliens. See the results of Contest #473 and learn why Steven Spielberg did not buy the movie rights.

P. C. Vey is always good for a bit of office humor. It must be because he doesn't work in an office.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Felipe Galindo: Frida Kahlo's New York

Last week I attended the opening of Frida Kahlo's New York, a show at the Mark Miller Gallery featuring the art of Felipe Galindo--or Feggo as he signs his work. In a series of vibrant prints, Mr. Galindo summons all manner of invention to reimagine the time Frida Kahlo spent in New York City.

http://www.felipegalindo.com
Feggo even graciously provided a souvenir:
"How do you like cumbias?"
Promotional postcard signed and inscribed by Feggo

Note:  See more of Felipe Galindo's art.

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