Illustration from Unimark’s Graphics Standards Manual, for the New York City Transit Authority. 1970. More illustrations here.
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Dead of winter (2013).
Vladimir Horowitz plays Schubert’s “Ständchen”
"A scientific event removed one of the most important obstacles from my path. This was the further division of the atom. The collapse of the atom was equated, in my soul, with the collapse of the whole world. Suddenly, the stoutest walls crumbled. Everything became uncertain, precarious and insubstantial. […] Painting is like a thundering collision of different worlds that are destined in and through conflict to create that new world called the work. Technically, every work of art comes into being in the same way as the cosmos – by means of catastrophes, which ultimately create out of the cacophony of the various instruments that symphony we call the music of the spheres. The creation of the work of art is the creation of the world."
Wassily Kandinsky, from “Reminisces.” 1913.
Breathing, you invisible poem!
World-space constantly in pure
interchange with our own being. Counterpoise,
wherein I rhythmically happen.
whose gradual sea I am;
most sparing you of all possible seas,—
winning of space.
How many of these places in space have already been
within me. Many a wind
is like a son to me.
Do you know me, you air, still full of places once mine?
You onetime smooth rind,
rondure and leaf of my words.
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus II.1, trans. M.D. Herter Norton