How to Look At Ad Reinhardt, The Cartoonist Who Was A Fine Artist

Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) was an artist’s artist, renowned among critics and curators, but hard for the general public to warm up to. His most famous fine art works are his Black Paintings, from the 1960s, which at first glance appear to be solid black, but on closer inspection turn out to be blocks of black and almost-black shades. Important, but challenging.

When Amsterdam Went UPA: Dutch Modern Cartoons in the 1950s

Strictly speaking, the term ‘Dutch modern cartoons’ is a little misleading. They were made in Holland, yes. But the major stars in our story are four artists who came from England and Denmark.

UPA Commercials Discovered

In the six years since the publication of my book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation, a lot of new artwork and films …