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Description - Olbinski and the Opera by Agata Passent

Award-winning designer and painter Rafal Olbinski has created 40 extraordinary posters as opera advertisements. This collection represents an extraordinary talent for combining graphic design, painting, and opera in the great tradition of the Polish poster - a tradition particularly remarkable for the rebellious freedom it expressed in the aftermath of World War II. In a similar surrealist approach, Olbinski uses surprise, witty tricks and sexual content to create a visual pun or twist as he simplifies the essence of a particular opera into a single emotional image. He captures the grandeur of the costumes, the music, and the tragedy in beautifully-crafted paintings that, while classical in appearance, reveal a contemporary way of interpreting the libretto.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781878768018
ISBN-10: 1878768018
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 228mm x 18mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Nahan Editions
Publisher: Nahan Editions
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Agata Passent

Agata Passent is a 1995 graduate of Harvard University, and a journalist living and writing in Warsaw, Poland. Christopher Mount is Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine, former design curator in the Architecture and Design Dept. of the Museum of Modern Art, writer, and a professor at Parsons School of Design. He lives in New York.