Monday, 31 December 2012

David Stone Martin part 1

Illustrator David Stone Martin (1913 – 1992) was one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers of the postwar era, creating over 400 album covers. Much of his work spotlighted jazz, with his signature hand-drawn, calligraphic line perfectly capturing the energy and spontaneity of the idiom.

Born David Livingstone Martin in Chicago in 1913, he later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began his career as an assistant to the social realist painter Ben Shahn, designing murals during the 1933 World's Fair. Martin spent the remainder of the decade as art director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and served during World War II as an artist/correspondent for Life magazine.

After returning to the U.S. he mounted a career as a freelance artist, landing advertising commissions for clients including the Disc Company of America, CBS Television, and Lincoln Center; in 1948, he also began teaching at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, followed in 1950 by a year at New York City's Workshop School of Advertising and Editorial Art.

Martin entered music illustration through his longtime friendship with producer Norman Granz, designing label art for Granz’s Verve, Norgran, Clef, and Down Home imprints as well as hundreds of now-classic cover paintings for acts including Count Basie, Art Tatum, Gene Krupa, and Lionel Hampton. Martin also created a series of designs for the pianist Mary Lou Williams with whom he enjoyed a torrid affair. Martin’s work has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and others. He died of pneumonia in New London, CT in 1992.

This is part 1 of a 4-part post on the works of David Stone Martin:

1940s Coleman Hawkins on Asch Records 78 album

1940s John Kirby and Orchestra 78 album

1940s Meade Lux Lewis "Boogie" 78 album

1942 Strong in the Strength of the Lord poster

1943 Above and Beyond the Call of Duty poster

1944 Folk Songs sung by Josh White

1944 Mary Lou Williams Trio 78 album

1946 Calypso Vol. 2

1947 Lucky Strike

1947 Lucky Strike

c1947 Muggsy Spanier and his Orchestra 78 album

1949 Bud Powell Piano 10" LP

1949 Bud Powell Piano 10" LP

1950 Charlie Parker with Strings Vol. 2 78 album

1950 Charlie Parker with Strings

1950 Flip Phillips

1950 James P. Johnson - New York Jazz 10" LP

1950 Machito Afro Cuban Jazz - Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, Buddy Rich, Chico O'Farrill

1950 Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 3 10" LP

1951 Flip Wails - Flip Phillips and his Orchestra 12" mono LP

1951 Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 11 10" LP

1951 Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 2 10" LP

1951 Johnny Hodges Collates Vol. 1

1952 Benny Carter "Cosmopolite"

1952 Bird and Diz (Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie studio album) 10" LP

1952 Charlie Parker "South of the Border 10" LP

1952 Josh White "Josh White Sings Vol. 2) 10" LP

1952 Lester Young Trio studio album 10" LP

1952 Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio No. 1

1952 Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio No. 2

1952 Oscar Peterson at Carnegie 10" LP

1952 Roy Eldridge Collates 10" LP

1952 Stan Getz Plays

1952 The Oscar Peterson Quartet 10" LP

1953 Art Director & Studio News

1953 Billie Holiday Sings with Oscar Peterson on piano 10" LP

1953 Count Basie Big Band  10" LP

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Ashcan School - John Sloan part 5

John French Sloan (1871 – 1951) was an American artist. As a member of The Eight, he became a leading figure in the Ashcan School of realist artists. He was known for his urban genre painting and ability to capture the essence of neighborhood life in New York City, often through his window. Sloan has been called "the premier artist of the Ashcan School who painted the inexhaustible energy and life of New York City during the first decades of the twentieth century", and an "early twentieth-century realist painter who embraced the principles of socialism and placed his artistic talents at the service of those beliefs."
This is part 5 of a 5-part post on the works of John Sloan. For biographical notes on Sloan see part 1. For earlier works see parts 1 - 4 also. 

After a break the next artist associated with the Ashcan School featured here will be Ernest Lawson.

1929 Antique à la Française etching 12.8 x 10.1 cm

1929 Blond Nude and Flowers oil on canvas

1929 Dolly etching 11.1 x 7.6 cm

1929 Looking in Mirror pencil, pastel & wash 21.3 x 17.5 cm

1929 Nude, Four Senses oil

1929 Seven Toed Pete etching 17.7 x 12.8 cm

c1929-45 McSorley's Saturday Night oil on canvas 77 x 92 cm

1930 Juanita Tempera on panel 81.3 x 66 cm

1930 Nude on Stairs etching 25.4 x 20.3 cm

1930 Pavanna etching 12.7 x 10.1 cm

1931 Crouching Nude and Press etching fourth state 17.8 x 14 cm

1931 Nude and Etching Press etching 12.7 x 10.1 cm

1931 Nude in Shadow etching 12.7 x 10.2 cm

1931 Nude on Draped Couch etching third state 17.7 x 14 cm

1931 Nude on Posing Stand etching & aquatint third state 17.7 x 14 cm

1931 Nude with Furniture etching third state 12.7 x 10.2 cm

1931 Robert Henri, Painter etching 35 x 28 cm

1932 Nude and Windsor Chair oil on canvas 61 x 76.2 cm

1933 Costume Ball Poster lino cut 48.3 x 31.7 cm

1933 Nude, Terra Cotta tempera on panel 61 x 50.8 cm

1933 Standing Nude etching & engraving 32.2 x 13.9 cm

c1935 14th Street at 6th Avenue oil on wood

1936 Sleeping Nude on Lavender oil on board 55.9 x 61 cm

1937 Hombres in the Sun etching 15.2 x 10.2 cm

1937 Of Human Bondage, Chapter 109 etching first state of two 15.2 x 10.1 cm

1937 Of Human Bondage, Chapter 49 etching 15.2 x 10.1 cm

1937 Of Human Bondage, Chapter 87 etching second state 15.2 x 10.1 cm

1937 Winnowing Wheat etching third state 15.2 x 10.1 cm

1938 Green and Red crayon 24.1 x 35.5 cm

1939 The Shell of Hell! etching & mezzotint 13 x 10 cm

1940-42 Jeanne Dubinsky tempera on panel 76.2 x 61 cm

1942 Girl, Back to the Piano tempera

1943 Fall, Santa Fe, River oil glaze over tempera 53.3 x 39.4 cm

1946 Gateway to Cerillos tempera & oil on panel 45.7 x 64.8 cm

1946 Wonderful Havanas pen & ink 26.4 x 18.4 cm

1948-49 Monument in the Plaza, New York tempera

1948-49 Santa Fe Siesta tempera

1950 Helen in Green Suit tempera

1950 Nude with Red Hand Mirror tempera

1967-47 Self-Portrait (Pipe and Brown Jacket) tempera

Sunbathers on the Roof

Woman Brushing her Hair monotype printed in lavender ink

n.d. crayon sketch