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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 05, 2011


Paul Rand, Painter

FEATURED THIS WEEK : STEVEN HELLER

Paul Rand, Painter

Paul Rand had more in common with Paul Klee than a four letter first and last name. One thing, like Klee, he enjoyed playing with childlike hieroglyphs. Another, also like Klee, he used geometric forms combined with letters, numbers, and arrows that he transformed into sketches of animals and people.
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LOUISE FILI

Louise Fili's Collection of Italian Tins

Louise Fili  shares her collection of Italian tins, which she has found in the far-flung reaches of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Italian Ebay and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 05.01.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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CATHY HUANG

The Bibliophile

The Beinecke is the largest building in the world reserved exclusively for the preservation of rare books and manuscripts. For a first-time visitor, its six-story above-ground tower of book stacks looks like a giant peg of fused pages dropped conveniently into a snug glass column. The stacks are housed in a rectangular prism with walls of Danby marble. The building stands regally in the center of Yale’s Hewitt Quadrangle and is pointed at daily by tour guides. At the center of this archive, you will find Tim Young, the Beinecke Library’s curator of eight years.
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ERNEST BECK

Hard Times for Hard Copy

New York designers Catherine Casalino and Christopher Sergio don’t usually think of themselves as rebels, but when they learned that AIGA, the professional design association, was about to “quietly scuttle,” as they put it, a book cover and design competition cherished by the design community, they decided to rally the troops and fight back.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 04.24.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Unchopping A Tree"

"Start with the leaves, the small twigs, and the nests that have been shaken, ripped, or broken off by the fall; these must be gathered and attached once again to their respective places..." A prose poem by W.S. Merwin about how to unchop a tree.
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