“Inhale Through The Nose”: Amber Vittoria nails our kind of namaste. July 10 2018

Inhale Through The Nose by Amber Vittoria
This grounded gal has authenticity on lock. She’s relatable but one-of-a-kind. She’s laid-back, colorful, complex, and uncategorizable. She’s going for it and unafraid of failure. We’re not sure if we’re talking about today’s new edition or the artist behind it, but one thing’s for sure: we’re big fans of both.

Amber Vittoria describes Inhale Through The Nose as “a personal portrait of the artist attempting yoga in her apartment”, which gets to the meat of what we love so much about this artist and her work. Vittoria’s wry sense of humor and down-to-earth ethos find the perfect partner in her eccentric shapes and exciting color combos. Inhale Through The Nose is not self-serious in the slightest, but it vibrates of Vittoria’s serious talent at the same time. This subject’s (and the artist’s) namaste nonchalance is aspirational, attractive and empowering. We have half a heart to take a crack at crow pose.

Inhale Through The Nose serves casual yogi vibes in a Southwestern-y color palette that feels appealingly organic and of-the-moment. Vittoria uses carefully-placed geometric shapes in subtly different shades to create a sense of depth and space that balance the frame without distracting from the rounded female form at center. A slice of sky blue at top suggests a window, and a swath of green calls to mind a cactus—clever elements that cool down the image and provide some context for our pattern-clad star. The pattern on the figure’s “outfit” is an interesting touch itself, clashing cheekily with its surroundings while echoing the expressive quality of her eyebrows and the gestural lines defining her face and foot. (Or is that a hand? The confusion’s half the fun.) ... 

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Vintage art ahoy! “Yacht America” rocks the boat in the best way. July 03 2018

Yacht America, a 20x200 Vintage Edition
Get you a breton striped shirt and a yearning for yacht life—we’ll bring the boat. It’s the season for seaside escapades. Whether your beach is in Queens, SoCal or Sandusky, Ohio, chances are you’re feeling some sorta pull toward sand and waves, (probably more than your PTO allots for). Our nautical new Vintage Edition will satisfy your seafaring fantasies, actual sailing acumen optional. Yacht America is a circa 1850 black & white stunner that’ll serve you straight into summer.

Once Yacht America sets sail for your walls it’s game over—the sailboat in this image has a history of winning. We’ve editioned a number of beauteous boat images, and they’re all winners, but there’s a seriously compelling story behind the vessel pictured in Yacht America. Who took the photograph is a mystery. While we know a photographer working for Detroit Publishing Company captured this shot, there's no record of who precisely. But we know this for sure: in what was a rather remarkable upset, this boat named America won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s regatta a whopping eighteen minutes ahead of the curve ... 

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Catch of the day: two French fish illustrations from the 1800s June 26 2018

Chetodon croissant, a 20x200 Vintage Edition
8"x10" ($24) | 11"x14" ($60) | 16"x20" ($240)

When our curatorial team first reeled in these two vintage ichthyological illustrations from the 1800s, we were instantly hooked. Maybe it was the bright, beachy colors, or the mesmerizing swirls and stripes on their scales, or the delicate details rendered with exceptional precision, or the script-y french subtitles giving each aquatic critter a special je ne sais quoi. All we know is they seemed suddenly like the requisite edition duo of the summer, so good looking together and so instantly reminiscent of a spectacular scuba-diving sesh. We couldn’t release just one!

Our sunny yellow, orange-streaked friend is the Chetodon croissant, better known as the raccoon butterflyfish. Its English name comes from its distinct markings around the eyes, similar to those of a raccoon. The teal and turquoise fellow is the Holocanthe à demi-cercles, or semicircle angelfish. This particular illustration depicts a juvenile example—adults are a pale brownish-green, outlined in bright blue.

Both the Chetodon croissant and Holocanthe à demi-cercles come from the same multi-volume collection compiled by French naturalist and zoologist Georges Cuvier and his apprentice and successor Achille Valenciennes. Published between 1828 and 1848, the twenty-two volume Histoire naturelle des poissons was the largest contemporary scientific study focussed on fish. It contained descriptions and illustrations of almost 5,000 species of fish, many of which were new discoveries. The extensive work encapsulated essentially everything anyone knew about fish through the first half of the nineteenth century, and remains an indispensable resource and pivotal turning point in the history of ichthyology... 

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New! William Crump’s abstract “Sorcerer” casts its spell on us. June 19 2018

Sorcerer by William Crump
If a great artist (nay, human) is anything, it's constantly evolving, and this new piece from 20x200 fixture William Crump reveals a range of work that takes our collection of his art in a totally different direction. Scope out our limited-edition print of his painting Sorcerer. We recommend you go ahead and give into its charms. 

Crump conjures a sense of continual renewal through his own special incantation—an enchantingly balanced witches brew of subtraction and addition. To create his oeuvre of abstract paintings, Crump layers, removes, and repeats until he starts to see a destination take shape. Some pieces rest on a more minimal note, blackness or blur quieting the visual plane, while others, like today’s edition, find a voluble, extroverted end. Dense areas of paint, marbling, and tool marks all compete for our attention in Sorcerer, drawing the eye in dizzyingly disparate directions. That’s part of how this piece puts you under the its spell ... 

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Happy trails! A vintage hiking print for outdoorsy art collectors June 12 2018

Hiking—WPA recreation project, Dist. No. 2, a 20x200 Vintage Edition

If you’re carving out some time to commune with nature while the weather’s nice, you probably have a solid appreciation for the restorative power of an escape into the trees. This new Vintage Edition is for you, lover of art and enjoyer of all things al fresco. Hiking--WPA recreation project, Dist. No. 2 hails from the Chicago, IL poster division of FDR’s Works Progress Administration, and was designed in 1939. It’s a retro call to the wild, and the earth-toned, beautifully balanced silkscreen design appeals to admirers of vintage printmaking, typeface fans, wannabe wilderness wanderers, and hardcore hikers alike. Best part: it’ll bring a little woodland inspiration indoors. You don’t need a compass to find your way to this outdoor oasis!

Roosevelt launched the Works Progress Administration in 1935 as part of his New Deal to create jobs for unemployed Americans. In July of that year, the WPA established Federal Project Number One, a central administration for arts-related exploits that funded work for artists, actors, musicians, and writers. One subset, the Federal Art Project, employed more than five thousand artists throughout the United States in various art-related areas, including poster divisions like the Chicago one responsible for Hiking--WPA recreation project, Dist. No. 2 ... 

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New! The cutest DIY cacti painting kit, ℅ Scout Regalia June 05 2018

SR Flat Plants, Small Cactus Set of 2 by Scout Regalia

Sound the royal trumpet, readers! We’re welcoming Scout Regalia to the 20x200 artist roster. The design duo is debuting with a limited-edition Artist-Made object that doubles as a DIY project, perfect for the plant-obsessor, art lover, and consummate crafter alike.

The SR Flat Plants, Small Cactus Set of 2 is a super hands-on art experience. Each paint-by-numbers kit includes four plywood cutouts that compose two standing cacti, as well as five different paints, a precision paintbrush, and a reference sheet with instructions. Minimal and on-the-money colorwise (cool greens and millennial pink make for a mighty good pair), these prickle-free plants measure 6.25" wide by 7.25" (round cacti) and 4.38" wide by 8.63” (slim cacti). In keeping with Scout Regalia’s design sensibility, the reference art and thus the final piece employ bold, graphic shapes with an organic edge—a few smartly-placed broad curvy stripes are enough to convey a cactus-like texture while still feeling breezy and appealingly imprecise.

The SR Flat Plants, Small Cactus Set of 2 is a combo of clever design, poppy artwork, and the ideal Sunday afternoon creative outlet. Plus, it involves the circa summer camp satisfaction of following simple instructions while flexing your fledging artistry. Heck, even if you’re a pro, painting by-numbers is majorly meditative. Even more mood-boosting: this edition is your ticket to an urban jungle with serious staying power—once you’ve painted these Flat Plants into existence, they’re the ultimate zero-maintenance indoor greenery. Even your death-defying Sansevieria requires more upkeep ... 

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“Food–Don’t Waste It”: Vintage Edition, modern materiality. May 29 2018

Food–don't waste it, a 20x200 Vintage Edition
What’s old can sometimes feel remarkably new, and our latest Vintage Edition is a testament to that phenomenon. Though it dates back to 1917—over a century ago—Food–Don’t Waste It would be right at home at your neighborhood farmers market. It could illustrate a Michael Pollan book. Modern day sustainability advocates would totally approve. The message is simple: excess is the enemy, and conscientious consumption is key to collective victory.

Buy local, eat less meat, cut back on wheat, consider your portion sizes, cook more, eat nose-to-tail and root-to-tip—these concepts may seem contemporary, perhaps even faddish, but 100 years ago they were flag-waving, war-winning patriotism in action. Designed by Fred G. Cooper, this poster was one of many well-conceived campaigns churned out by the Advertising Section of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I. Emphasizing patriotism and promoting a spirit of volunteerism, all of the posters produced by this section attest to the government’s desire to organize the American populace for the preservation of food resources. They were created under the guidance of would-be president Herbert Hoover, then a well-known humanitarian, businessman and engineer. Hoover refused a salary for this position, setting an altruistic example he knew would give him the moral authority he needed in order to encourage the American people to sacrifice for the greater good.

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Retro airline art from the Golden Age of air travel May 22 2018

Fly TWA: San Francisco, Fly TWA: New York, and Fly TWA: Los Angeles
14"x11" ($60) | 20"x16" ($240) | 24"x20" ($600) | 40"x30" ($1800)

The best things in life are three. Preeeeetty sure that’s what the proverbial “they” meant to say, and this extra-special triple edition release is evidence. These midcentury airline ads are the nifty fifties artworks (and present-day travel aspiration inducers) we’ve been hunting for. Graphic, gold-washed, vibrant, and vivacious, they sum up their respective destinations with classic allusions to some of their most commonly recognizable colors, textures and locales. All three are referential works of fantasy, stirring a desire to take to the skies—or hunker down in a retro day dream. Whether you’re partial to SF, LA, or NYC, each of these new editions is a one-way ticket to chic walls. If you’ve got a real case of old school wanderlust, go ahead and collect the lot! Just imagine how good this trio would look as a triptych.

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New artist! Michelle Rial keeps it real in “Plant Parenthood” May 15 2018

Plant Parenthood by Michelle Rial

Does your urban jungle overfloweth? If you could envision yourself starring in an episode of Hoarders: Houseplant Edition, you’re not alone, and the newest artist to join the 20x200 fam is right there with you. Introducing Michelle Rial, with a handsome hand-drawn chart sprouting scanned-in live leaves that perfectly captures the struggle of plant multiplication: Plant Parenthood.

Houseplants are having a moment, because every space—and everybody—benefits from a touch of botanical beautification. This print combines classic plant appeal (nature! foliage! chill factor!) with a highly relatable realization delivered via deadpan wit. Sow some self-aware sense of humor into your art collection, and implant a little permanent wilt-proof greenery on your walls. In Plant Parenthood, Rial shrewdly summarizes the vicious cycle of plant accumulation that plagues the indoor wilderness aficionados among us ... 

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Holy guacamole! Feast your eyes on this vintage avocado illustration. May 08 2018

Persea: Blakeman, a 20x200 Vintage Edition
We’re excited about avocados, and we aren’t afraid to own it. This kid gets us. Our renewed enthusiasm is thanks to today’s edition release—a gleaming, enticing example of outer beauty equaling inner, it makes us think of all that we love about the infinitely versatile, iconically delicious, impossibly spreadable tree-hanging delight. Just like your average millennial, we’d choose avocado toast over home ownership any day! (Literally never.) We’d also choose Persea: Blakeman to add to pretty much any art assortment. Avocado goes with everything.

Persea: Blakeman was carefully selected and meticulously remastered by our curatorial team. What you do with our handsome harvest is up to you, of course! This gorg, green goodie would look great in your kitchen or dining room, or stirred into your salon wall sitch, but we’re also really into the idea of doling out this edition as a host/hostess or housewarming gift. Eschewing the usual cutting board or bottle of wine, how about a limited-edition vintage artwork featuring everyone’s favorite fruit?

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