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Is art advertising (5) Into the uncanny valley with Rembrandt

Two years ago, one of the ten most awarded creative ideas in the world was “The Next Rembrandt.” It won two Grands Prix at Cannes among a haul of 16 Gold Lions. Dutch financial services company ING had been sponsoring the Rijksmuseum in...

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Is art advertising (4): American Gothic

It is one of the most recognisable paintings of the 20thcentury. It has been ripped off, spoofed and copied thousands of times. Among other things, it has sold pharmaceuticals, beer and biscuits. Few people can actually tell you what it’s...

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Is art advertising (3)?

Many artists say they despise advertising. One embraced it. In fact, he started out in the business. He even won awards. And advertising coloured his work when he turned himself into an artist. Andy Warhol recorded pop culture as he saw...

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Is art advertising (2)?

Is art advertising? Sometimes it can look like it. Equally, advertising can sometimes look like like art. Take the fascinating example of State Street’s “Fearless Girl”. Under cover of night, she was placed directly opposite...

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Is art advertising?

Probably the most successful art director of all-time is Rene Magritte. He has had more of a hand in more award-winning ideas than even Neil Godfrey. And Godfrey was named by D&AD as the most awarded art director in their 50-year...

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Inspiration

What's in a name?

A brand is simply a product with a better name than its competitors. I once ran a training programme and brought this truth to life. The point of the workshop was to show that creativity often involves breaking patterns of behaviour. For instance,...

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Is advertising art?

Over twenty years ago, I originated (I think) what has become a cliché. I put together a Better Briefing workshop for some of the suits and the planners in the agency. I thought they should know what does and does not help creative people do...

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Is art advertising (6)? Emperors, Kings and Queens.

Art is communication. Especially public art. In times gone by, when few could read or write, public monuments were nothing more and nothing less than propaganda. Julius Caesar commissioned statues of himself in armour to remind the citizens of Rome...