Love & War~ May 24

Victory Gardens

During World War I, Liberty Gardens (and later, Victory Gardens) grew out of the government’s efforts to encourage home gardening among Americans, both to express their patriotism and to aid the war effort by freeing up food production for soldiers.

As part of the (World War II) effort, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat and canned goods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant “Victory Gardens.” They wanted individuals to provide their own fruits and vegetables.

Americans were encouraged to grow their own to ensure everyone at home had enough to eat…There were 20 million gardens everywhere from rooftops and empty lots to backyards and schoolyards. 40% of produce, which made over 1 million tons, consumed in America was grown in victory gardens. People learned how to can and preserve so the harvests lasted all year.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/12~

Which American painter and graphic artist gained fame in the early thirties for a series of paintings on the trial of the anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, beginning a career which constantly addressed various social and political causes?

Which New Deal arts program muralist intentionally manipulated the topography in his 1937 Pittsburgh Panorama for that city’s Federal Courthouse and Post Office so that the finished image would resemble a hammer and sickle?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/12/september-12/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/29~

What American painter — best known for his genre paintings, paintings of scenes from everyday life, and portraits of people both famous and unknown — was a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

What British advertising designer, poster artist, and illustrator won first place in a poster competition held by the London City Council in 1935, and from that point on freelanced as a graphic artist?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/29/july-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/3~

What painter had a nearly sixty-year career on two continents, moving from Boston to London in 1774 and adapting his successful American portrait style to the more painterly British approach?

What Hungarian artist was a painter but earned his living from poster and graphic design works, writing and publishing extensively about commercial art?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/03/july-3/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/29~

What American painter — best known for his genre paintings, paintings of scenes from everyday life, and portraits of people both famous and unknown — was a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

What British advertising designer, poster artist, and illustrator won first place in a poster competition held by the London City Council in 1935, and from that point on freelanced as a graphic artist?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/29/july-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/3~

What painter had a nearly sixty-year career on two continents, moving from Boston to London in 1774 and adapting his successful American portrait style to the more painterly British approach?

What Hungarian artist was a painter but earned his living from poster and graphic design works, writing and publishing extensively about commercial art?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/03/july-3/

Joseph Binder: Born March 3, 1898

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Born in Vienna and trained as a painter at the Kunstgewerbeschüle, Joseph Binder’s early designs won numerous international competitions that placed his posters in public spaces throughout Europe. A leader in the emerging field of graphic design, Binder felt that posters were “an expression of contemporary civilization reduced to its simplest forms for instantaneous visual communication.”
http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=418

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In 1936 Joseph Binder settled in New York for good and in 1944 became an American citizen.
In his design he focused on the reduction of geometric forms, on color contrasts and the psychological impact of colors. His clients included American Railroads, American Airlines, A&P Iced Coffee, Fortune and Graphis. In 1948 the U.S. Navy made him their art director and designer.
In the 1960s Binder turned away from commercial graphic work and renewed his explorations in graphic works of art in the abstract style.
http://www.aiga.org/medalist-josephbinder#5

Joseph Binder’s Ships and Planes~
http://www.printmag.com/daily-heller/joseph-binders-ships-and-planes/
Joseph Binder, design drawings for MiraCan, American Can Company, 1960~
http://www.design-is-fine.org/post/149243124864/joseph-binder-design-drawings-for-miracan