Thanks to Pins for a good night and for this : )
BBC Introducing with PINS, The Watchmakers & Kill For Company playing live
28th February 2014
The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Chuck Berry photographed in 1958.
Grad, a gallery dedicated to Russian art and design, presents this series of film posters from Russia in the 1920s. A quote from Lenin sets the scene beautifully:You must remember that, of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important.
While Mother Russia had ambitious plans for film, and a prolific state-run production company (Sovkino), her resources were limited. Russian filmmakers had to be extremely inventive to get round financial and technological limitations, like using mirrors instead of lights when power was in short supply.
The designers charged with promoting said films had to be equally resourceful. While the Americans could easily reproduce film stills in print, their Russian counterparts had to painstakingly draw theirs by hand. The posters were produced with bold colour blocking and avant-garde typography that, even by today’s standards, feels dynamic and even modern.
The 30 original prints are displayed alongside a series of projections of the films they were produced to promote. This is unusual subject matter from a niche gallery, but it’s well worth a look, particularly for fans of typography, graphic design and, of course, cinema.
An experimental meditation on Times Square marquees and iconic advertising, Klein’s first film captures the concurrently seedy and dazzling aspects of New York’s Great White Way. Illustrative of Klein’s transition from photographer to filmmaker, Broadway by Light was declared by Orson Welles to be “the first film I’ve seen in which color was absolutely necessary. —calendar.walkerart.org