Today in History: Ireland Bans Smoking in Workplace

Today in History: Ireland Bans Smoking in the Workplace

In 2004, Ireland becomes the first country to ban smoking in all workplaces. Contrary to initial concerns, the ban had no adverse economic effects, and soon several other countries passed similar legislation. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco smoke is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally.

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Today in History: Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen born in 1845

Today in History: Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen born in 1845

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen is considered the father of diagnostic radiography. The German physicist was the first person to systematically produce and detect electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range, today known as x-rays or Röntgen rays. His discovery was revolutionary in the fields of physics and medicine.

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Today in History: Art Nouveau conquers Vienna in 1918

Today in History: Art Nouveau conquers Vienna in 1918
122 years ago today, the first exhibition of the “Secession” art movement opened in Vienna. This Austrian artists’ association wanted to set itself apart from the established art business and created the basis for the Viennese Art Nouveau.

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Today on History: Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky” born in 1904

Today on History: Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky” born in 1904

Happy Birthday, Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky. The Swiss-born artist would have turned 115 today. After studying in a German architectural office, he joined the Bauhaus School of Design in 1924 where he studied with Kandinsky, Klee, Moholy-Nagy and other Bauhaus Masters. He was primarily involved with the school’s theater department while also concentrating on photography and painting. Facing Nazi persecution, Schawinsky took refuge in Switzerland in 1933 and then moved to Italy to work for Motta, Olivetti, Studio Boggeri and other prominent clients. In 1936 he emigrated to the United States where he taught art and design under Joseph Albers and later worked with Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer.

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Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American soul and R&B singer often referred to as “Queen of Soul.” She was best known for her songs “Respect,” “Think,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died in her home in Detroit in August 2018.

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Happy 90th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Happy 90th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany, and immigrated with his family to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 8. Showing an early interest in painting, he got his first job at the age of 16 in a Chicago engraving house on the strength of some large pictures he had painted on kitchen oilcloth. In the evenings after work, he studied drawing and anatomy under John H. Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art Institute. Years later, he and his brother Frank Xavier enrolled in the Academie Julian in Paris.

Upon their return, the brothers moved to New York, then the center of American commercial art, advertising, and publishing. As a thoroughly trained artist with an immense technical facility, Leyendecker had no difficulty in obtaining top commissions for advertising illustrations and cover designs for leading publications.

He found a niche in fashion and merchandise advertising in the 1920s, producing commissioned pieces for companies Interwoven Socks, Kellogg, Hartmarx, B. Kuppenheimer & Co., and Cluett Peabody & Company, who famously hired him to develop a series of images of the Arrow brand of shirt collars. Leyendecker’s images came to define the fashionable American man of the early 20th century.

At the apex of his career, Leyendecker was considered one of the pre-eminent commercial American artists. It is said that his technical skill was beyond reproach, he worked amazingly fast, and that his draftsmanship was perfect. Norman Rockwell at one time considered Leyendecker his primary mentor, as he heavily influenced Rockwell’s early style and was a true master illustrator of the 20th century.

By the end of his career, Leyendecker was a noted American illustrator and graphic designer who, between 1896 and 1950, had painted more than 400 magazine covers, most of them of an idealized America. He painted his first Post cover in 1899 and executed 321 more during the next 40 years.

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