Chapter 2. Retro Art

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OFFF 2011, by Pete Harrison (Aeiko)

The word retro—which derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning “backwards” or “in past times”—typically refers to a mode, trend, or style that is identified with a different time in the recent past but that still enjoys our attention and appreciation. Our attraction to retro styles has always been strong, bringing to mind outdated trends, fashion, products, culture, and the like and transforming them into something cool again. In 2011, retro styles currently in vogue tend to come from the ’70s and ’80s, and this is how it usually works: We revive a trend from 20–40 years ago and put it ...

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