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The Artist’s Life Edited by McKenzie Graham

FAR LEFT: poster

art for 24x36, directed by Matt Ryan Tobin, who collaborated with Sara Deck, Paul Ainsworth, Joshua Budich and Gary Pullin ABOVE LEFT: The

Graduate by Rory Kurtz ABOVE RIGHT: Drive

by Matthew Woodson Frozen by Tom Whalen LEFT:

Movie Poster Resurgence Two new documentaries shine a light on the nearly extinct fine art practice of making movie posters.

IT SEEMS AS IF WE’VE ENTERED AN ERA where fine art employment is hard to come by. Advertising agencies used to hire freelance artists in droves and print illustration provided artists with a reliable income. We may have counted movie posters among the fallen, but two new documentaries, Original Copy 8

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and 24x36, profile the art form and its possible big-time resurgence, starting with small, ingenious companies like Mondo (see posters for The Graduate, Frozen and Drive, above), employing artists to create original and beautiful screen-printed posters for classic and contemporary films, TV shows and comics. The documentary

Original Copy profiles a Mumbai artist, “the last screenpainter,” who paints huge scenes on banners to advertise B-list movies playing in a local theater, the “Alfred Talkies,” only to cover them up with a new scene as new movies are shown. It’s a life inherited from his father, and we see, along the way, the catharsis provided by film to the

city’s beleaguered masses. Another film, 24x36, is a more detailed look at the history and production, as well as the giants, of movie poster production and how a grassroots campaign is bringing the art back into the spotlight. Find more information at originalcopyfilm.com and bit.ly/2436filmpreview.

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The artist's magazine easyindochinatravel  

ART AND COMMERCE are supposed to be at odds, but even purists acknowledge that the tradition of patronage— worldly popes, vainglorious kings...

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