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img111 Yes never mind there is an Italian drawing from Andrea Mantegna dating back to 1491 on the cover. I was not around and neither were you! Let’s go beneath the cover to something really interesting, in my opinion. How about a fascinating article about BANNERS with superb photographs that accompany it in this Horizon Magazine Spring Issue from 1964. Viva the artistic spirit!

Everyone loved to rally around a banner in the Middle Ages, just think of the Knights’ Banners in battle or the Guild Banners seen in the period paintings. Most of us, myself included, think of Advertising Banners when we hear the word banners. Not these artists, they went beyond the average multiple art issue, like the proverbial cup or statue or miniatures now sold in the average pork house called the “museum shop“. So let us broaden our minds a bit here.

img110img126Here is the Alfred Jensen (1903-1981) banner below:

img112Surely, it is a powerful image.

Next is a banner by Pop Art artist Tom Wesselman whose work we covered in an earlier post looking through a wonderful catalog.

img124Now, let’s try to identify some of the artists whose Abstract, Psychedelic or Op Art and Pop Art Banners are shown below.


Mon Levinson ( born 1926) An excellent bio

The gallery D. Wigmore in New York also shows some of Levinson’s work in plexiglass, as well as, works by Richard Anuszkiewicz (born 1930) whose banner is in the last photo (below). The artist had studied under the Bauhaus master Josef Albers at Yale.

Herbert Katzman (Chicago 1923-2004) his works can be seen here and the person depicted on the banner can easily be recognized as his work.

Jack Youngerman (born 1926)

Paul Brach (1924-2007) an Abstract painter, taught at a number of schools like the Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design and Cornell among others, before he settled in California where he became the first Dean of the California School of the Arts in Los Angeles.

Cleve Gray (1918-2004) a Color Field artist, showed his works for years at the now legendary Betty Parsons Gallery in New York. His work is not easy to slot between any brackets and more on him here.

img123Adja Yunkers (1900-1983) whose banner is on the top left, the oldest painter of the group represented here, studied art in Berlin, London, Leningrad and Stockholm. He worked with woodcuts and produced lithographs at the Tamarind Shop in California. He had been an art magazine publisher, as well, and came to the United States on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947. His work is found in numerous museums worldwide.

George Earl Ortman (born 1926) was a Print Maker, sculptor, painter studied at the famous Atelier 17 in New York with Stanley William Hayter, one of the world’s finest print makers. He also studied with Hans Hofmann. He assumed the position of Head of the Painting Department at the Cranbrook Academy in 1970. For more information use this link to see more of his fascinating abstract work.

Nicholas Krushenick (1929-1999) was considered one of the forerunners of the Pop Art Movement. He also studied in New York at the Hans Hofmann School. More works can be found at this gallery.

Leon Polk Smith (1906-1996) was an Oklahoma native son who admired and was influenced by the abstract work of Piet Mondrian and other members of the De Stijl Group of artists. A very nice bio can be found here.

Now back to my own BANNERS!