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 doing commissions for clients including Disc Records Company. In 1948 he 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 wth producer Norman Granz, designing label art for Granz's Verve, Norgran, Clef, and Down Home imprints as well as hundreds of now-classic cover illustrations 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 had a torrid affair. His work has been 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 wotks of David Stone Martin:

1940s Coleman Hawkins on Asch Records
Asch Records 78 album

1940s John Kirby and Orchestra 
Asch Records 78 album

1940s Meade Lux Lewis "Boogie" 
Disc Records 78 album

1942 Strong in the Strength of the Lord 

1943 Above and Beyond the Call of Duty 

1944 Folk Songs sung by Josh White
Asch Records

1944 Mary Lou Williams Trio 
Asch Records 78 album

1946 Calypso Vol. 2
Disc Records

1947 Lucky Strike

1947 Lucky Strike

c1947 Muggsy Spanier and his Orchestra 
78 album

1949 Bud Powell Piano 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1949 Bud Powell Piano 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1950 Charlie Parker with Strings Vol. 2 
Mercury Records 78 album

1950 Charlie Parker with Strings
Mercury Records

1950 Flip Phillips
Clef Records

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

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

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

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

1951 Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 11 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1951 Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 2 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1951 Johnny Hodges Collates Vol. 1
Mercury Records

1952 Benny Carter "Cosmopolite"
Clef Records

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

1952 Charlie Parker "South of the Border 
Verve Records 10" LP

1952 Josh White "Josh White Sings Vol. 2 
Asch Records 10" LP

1952 Lester Young Trio studio album 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1952 Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio No. 1
Norgran Records

1952 Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio No. 2
Norgran Records

1952 Oscar Peterson at Carnegie 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1952 Roy Eldridge Collates 
Mercury Records 10" LP

1952 Stan Getz Plays
Clef Records

1952 The Oscar Peterson Quartet 
Norman Granz Records 10" LP

1953 Art Director and Studio News

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

1953 Count Basie Big Band  
Clef Records 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 neighbourhood 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."

For biographical notes on Sloan see part 1. For earlier works see parts 1 - 4 also.
This is part 5 of a 5-part post on the works of John Sloan: 

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 and wash 21.3 x 17.5 cm

1929 Nude, Four Senses 

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 and 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 
linocut 48.3 x 31.7 cm

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

1933 Standing Nude 
etching and 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 and mezzotint 13 x 10 cm

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

1942 Girl, Back to the Piano 

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

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

1946 Wonderful Havanas 
pen and ink 26.4 x 18.4 cm

1948-49 Monument in the Plaza, New York 

1948-49 Santa Fe Siesta 

1950 Helen in Green Suit 

1950 Nude with Red Hand Mirror 

n.d. Self-Portrait ( Pipe and Brown Jacket ) 

Sunbathers on the Roof

Woman Brushing her Hair 
monotype printed in lavender ink

n.d. crayon sketch