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Sexxx on the Brain: Robert Brownjohn at MoMA

by Alix Finkelstein on October 26, 2012
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While designer Robert Brownjohn’s iconic Bond film titles may have aroused audiences in the early 60s, his current show at MoMA hardly raises an eyebrow. In part, that has to do with our culture, which has so fully embraced Brownjohn’s salacious mindset that we’re nearly immune to nudity in commercial art. But it also has to do with the museum’s inability to convey the impact of the designer’s titillating imagery on a world dominated by post-war conservatism—work which made him a badass in his own time and a cult favorite among designers today.

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