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  • Rodney McMillian (born in Columbia, South Carolina) is an artist based in Los Angeles.
  • Michael Joyce

    Sep 17| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Twentieth-Century Man by Michael Joyce. Starting with a disappearance, Twentieth-Century Man contemplates issues imbedded in aging, memory, language, family, and even life and death, covering and uncovering many profound mysteries.

  • Alice Konitz

    Sep 18| Lectures
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    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Alice Konitz.

    Thursday, September 18th 11:115am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

    Image from alicekonitz.com

     

  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures
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    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures
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    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

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History of Graphic Design

A Sampling of Materials of Interest

Arranged in chronological order. Most of these items are located in Special Collections.

Winchester

The Two Winchester Bibles by Walter Oakeshott (12th century)
A scholarly study of 12th-century illumination. Clarendon Press, 1981.

Location: Special Collections


Codex

Codex Tro-Cortesianus
The Maya wrote their beliefs, history, and astronomy in special books that are now known as codices. We have facsimiles edition of some.

Location: Special Collections F 1435 C653


Gottingen

Göttingen Model Book (ca. 1450)
This book provides instructions for how to illumniate the Gutenberg Bible. Our copy is a facsimile and includes a translation.

Location: ND 2980 G6


Caxton

Caxton & the Polychronicon of 1482
The book, beautifully designed and letterpress printed in 1938 by the Grabhorn Press, contains an an actual original page from the Caxton's Polychronicon.

Location: Special Collections Z 232 C38 K87


Apian

Astronomicum Caesareum by Peter Apian and Michael Ostendorfer (1540)
A Renaissance astronomy manual from 1540 containing rotating paper wheels which demonstrate planetary motion and movements of the stars. Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1967.

Location: Special Collections Oversize QB41 A64 1540ab

 


Calligraphy

Arrighi's Operina by John Benson and Juan de Yciar's Arte Subtilissima (mid-1500s)
Facsimiles of illustrated writing manuals typical of the mid-1500s.

Location: Z 43 A3 L8333
Location: Z 43 A3 I3 1960


Duvet

L'Apocalypse Figurée by Jean Duvet (1561)
Illustrations for Jean de Tournes printing of the 22 chapters of the Book of Revelation from 1561. Ours is a facsimile edition by Eugrammia Press, published in 1962.

Location: Special Collections


Rosart

The Type Specimen of J.F. Rosart (1768)
Rosart was one of the two main typefounders in Brussels in the late 18th century. This book is a facsimile of the 1768 edition.

Location: Z 250 R78


 

The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot (1844)
Facsimile of book of early photography

Location: Special Collections TR 144 T2 1969


Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar (1867- )
The Library owns several samples of women's magazines, which were especially popular during the 19th Century.

Location: Special Collections


La Fontaine

La Fontaine's Fables (1868)
Translated into English verse by Walter Thornbury. Profusely illustrated by Gustave Doré.

Location: Special Collections PQ 1811 E3 T4


 

Caricature and Other Comic Art (1875)

Location: Special Collections NC 1325 P3 1877


 

The Dictionary of Needlework (1882)

Location: Special Collections TT 750 C372 1882


 

The Growth of Industrial Arts (1886)

Location: Special Collections


 

Figure Drawing for Children (1893)

Location: Special Collections NC 765 R57 1893


Kelmscott

The Kelmscott Chaucer (1896)
Willam Morris produced what is considered one of the great books in the history of printing. Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1958.

Location: Z 232 M87 C52 1958


 

Phil May’s Gutter-Snipes (1896)
Cartoons

Location: Special Collections NC 1479 M38 1896


 

Moko/Maori Tattooing (1896)
Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1969.

Location: Special Collections GN 667 N947


Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)
Described as the most original genius of British art in the 1890s, the Library owns many books with reproductions of Aubrey Beardsley's book designs, including Salome and Le morte d'Arthur:

Location: Special Collections Oversize NC 1115 B395
Location: NC 978.5 M34 B42


 

Cosmopolitan and Scribner’s (individual issues 1897/1898)
Fashion magazines

Location: Special Collections


 

The Rossettis (1900)

Location: Special Collections ND 497 R8 C3 1990


 

Fashion in Paris (1898)

Location: Special Collections GT 887 U8 1898


 

Two Centuries of Costume in America (1903)

Location: Special Collections GT 605 E2


 

The Gibson Book: A Collection of the Published Works of Charles Dana Gibson, Volume 2 (1907)

Location: Special Collections Oversize NC 139 G42 G4 1907


 

Die Traumenden Knaben (1907)
Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1968.

Location: Special Collections


 

Alphabets Old and New (ca. 1910)

Location: Special Collections NK 3600 D22


 

Raemaekers’ Cartoons (1916)

Location: Special Collections NC 1429 R33 R4 1916


 

Boyhood Photos of J.-h. Lartigue
Facsimile of photos from the 1910s and 1920s published in 1966.

Location: Special Collections TR 140 L375 L37 1966


 

The Delineator (1917-1927)
Fashion Magazine

Location: Special Collections


 

America in the War (1918)

Location: Special Collections NC 1429 R33 A43 1918


 Liberty Loan

The Liberty Loan Poster: A Textbook for Amateurs (1918)
Joseph Pennell.

Location: Special Collections


 

War Posters  (1920)

Location: Special Collections NC 1810 H3 1920


 

Red Cartoons from the Daily Worker (2 copies; 1926-1929)

Location: Special Collections NC 1763 C6 D3 1926
Location: Special Collections NC 1763 C6 D3 1928


Art-Gout-Beaute

Art-Goût-Beauté (1920-1933)
Luxurious fashion magazine published from 1920 to 1933. Unpaginated (29pp.), illustrated with 16 hand-colored pochoir designs (incl. cover, shown above, cropped to emphasise cover image) and 5 full page advertisements as well as color endpapers reproducing a design available on crepe de chine fabric. Text in French.

Location: Special Collections


 

Commercial Art Magazine (loose issues 1930s)

Location: Special Collections


Advertising Arts

Advertising Arts (14 issues from the early 1930s)
"An important historical document in defining the evolution from work-a-day commercial art to sophisticated graphic design."

Location: Special Collections


 

Specimens of Type in use at the Kynoch Press (1934)

Location: Special Collections Z 250 K96 1934


 

Fashions Art, Volume 1, No. 1 (1934)

Location: Special Collections TT 500 F27 1934


 

Printing Types: Their History (2 Volumes, 1937)

Location: Special Collections Z 250 A2 U6 1937


 

Modern Publicity (3 volumes from the 1930s and 1940s)
Annual of Art and Industry, a london-based association. Show examples of posters, illustrations, packaging, letterheads, etc. from the period.

Location: Special Collections NC 997 A1 M6


Print

Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine (1942- )
Library has a complete run from 1942 to the present.

Location: Magazine Stacks (alphabetically arranged)


 

Alphabet and Image, Volumes 1-4; 5-8  (1946-1948)

Location: Special Collections


 

Tschichold (1949)

Location: Special Collections Z 43 S36 1949
 


 

Printing and Graphic Arts (2 volumes, 1953-1954)

Location: Special Collections AP 2 P75


Portfolio

Portfolio Magazine (1950s)
Art director: Alexey Brodovitch
The Library owns 3 issues from the early 1950s.

Location: Special Collections


Great Ideas of Western Men

Great Ideas of Western Man (1950-1975)
Portfolio of booklets about famous thinkers created by well known designers for the Container Corportion of America.

Location: Special Collections


Flair

Best of Flair (1950s)
Extravagantly produced magazine created by socialite Fleur Cowles.

Location: Special Collections AC 2 F585 1996


 

Collagious Material (issues 1-6; 1965)

Location: Special Collections


 

TM (1968)
Exhibition catalog of a retrospective of American trademarks from 1945-1963.

Location: Special Collections T 223 V2 T5 1968


 

On Seven Shakespearean Tragedies (1969)

Location: Special Collections PR 2983 K47 1969


 

Peter Max Paints America (1973)

Location: Special Collections NC 1850 M38 A25


 

Please request Special Collections materials from the Library Director or Circulation Manager.