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Art Revolution by Lisa Cyr

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rebel WITH A cause

In the 1960s, the illustration scene was in great transition. With the proliferation of television, many popular magazines of the day saw their demise and either closed or went searching for a new look, something that would appeal to a wavering audience. This period of transition opened the door for change. For illustrator Brad Holland, it was an opportunity to bring a more inventive mindset into the culture. In 1967, the artist headed to New York City to stake his claim.

At the time, art directors were hiring talent based purely on style. A regurgitation or literal translation of an existing text was all that was required of illustration; anything more was unheard of. Holland, who had always felt a deep passion for writing, ...

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