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“The Art of the Sign”

(originality written August 7, 2012)

This is the first of a series of reflections on art journal articles that I have read. This week I read the article “The Art of the Sign” by BrianBoucher (citation for article at the bottom of this post).

This article is a book review of Sign Painters by filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. The book and the article discuss the uncertain future of the art of hand-painted signs in a  digital age. The book itself focuses  according to the article, on two dozen sign painters across the country. Apparently a documentary about this subject as also been made by the two filmmakers.

This article got me to thinking about all of the old signs (some on wood panels and others’s faded on the brick siding of buildings  around the city and how they have fallen into disrepair. They are functionally obsolete in these modern times but I always thought they were beautiful of a kind artwork. Even when they were so sun-bleached they were barely recognizable to me.

Boucher, Brian. “The Art of the Sign.” Art in America 100, no. 9 (2012): 28. (accessed August 7, 2012).


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