Happy 87th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

 

Happy 87th 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: Opening of the Bauhaus in 1919

Today in History: Opening of the Bauhaus in 1919

On March 21, 1919, the Bauhaus, a German design school founded in Weimar by Walter Gropius, opened its doors. Its goal was to create a new unity between art and industry, allowing people from the sectors of the decorative arts, architecture and modern technology to work together and learn from one another. The school moved to Dessau in 1925 and to Berlin in 1932 and was closed in July of 1933 by its own staff under pressure from the Nazi government.

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Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

American jazz musician Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was born 100 years ago today. Cole became famous as a singer and jazz pianist. He was one of the first African Americans to host his own national television show, The Nat King Cole Show. He grew up in in Chicago where he was strongly influenced by the pianist Earl Hines. In Los Angeles, Cole formed his first jazz trio with Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass. In 1946, Cole’s recording of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” made him an immediate star. Songs like “Nature Boy” (1948), “Mona Lisa” (1950) or “Unforgettable” (1951) established him as a leading force in popular music throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.

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Today is National Jewel Day

Today is #NationalJewelDay

National Jewel Day is observed annually on March 13, celebrating brilliant gems of all shapes, sizes, cuts and colors. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, we can take a wild guess that a jeweler or gal came up with the idea. J

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Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am on March 12, 2017

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am on March 12, 2017

As we start Daylight Savings Time here in the United States, many of us will miss that lost hour of sleep for the next several weeks. At least your afternoons and evenings will be lighter a little longer  …

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Today in History: Graf Zeppelin died in 1917

Today in History: Graf Zeppelin died in 1917

100 years ago today, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin was a German pioneer of airships. A former general and later aircraft manufacturer, Zeppelin provided both the brains and most of the investment money for the first successful rigid airship, the Zepplin LZ1. In July of 1900, Zeppelin made the first flight with the LZ1 in southern Germany. The dirigible remained in the air for 20 minutes before landing. On March 8, 1917, the great aviation pioneer died in Berlin.

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Today in History: Piet #Mondrian born in 1872

Today in History: Piet #Mondrian born in 1872

Happy Birthday, Piet Mondrian. The Dutch painter was born 145 years ago today. Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan (after 1906 Mondrian) was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and is best known for his non-representational form termed neo-plasticism. While Mondrian’s early works were naturalistic and impressionistic in nature, his appreciation of cubism around 1910 put him on the path toward pure abstraction. Mondrian’s most famous compositions (f.ex. “Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue” from 1921) consisted primarily of grids of black lines and colored rectangles on a white background.

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