SVA "Street": Catalog

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The latest cover art for the School of Visual Arts' summer 2003 catalog is a "devotional" to New York, says its creator, designer James Victore. The piece was originally commissioned as one of the school's subway posters, and it riffs on a standard ad poster that has been tagged with graffiti and splashed with an anarchic assortment of typographical styles. A close inspection reveals a number of cheeky touches: a tiny-typed line from Midnight Cowboy, a tiny tribute to the Twin Towers, featuring an even tinier King Kong poised on them, symbolically fending off airplanes; a Latin chest tattoo in a Hell's Angels typeface that translates as "You can't be wise and in love at the same time"; a missing belly button on the pictured child, symbolizing the manipulated image; and more, for the keen of eye. Victore, a former SVA student, is an instructor in the advertising and graphic design department at the school.

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