Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Anton Stankowski

Anton Stankowski trained as a decoration and church painter between 1921 and 1926 before studying under Max Burchartz at the Folkwangschule in Essen, where photography as well as graphic design and typography were already included in the curriculum. While still a student, Anton Stankowski submitted his first commercial graphic designs to the Canis Agency.

Between 1929 and 1934 Anton Stankowski worked in Zurich for the renowned advertizing studio run by Max Dalang. There Anton Stnkowski met the Zurich group whose members included Richard Paul Lohse, Heiri Steiner, Hans Neuburg, Coray, Fischli, and Max Bill. In Zurich Anton Stankowski also completed his "design doctrine" and worked out the basic forms of expression he would continue to draw on in his later work. In 1934 Anton Stankowski's Swiss residence permit was withheld so he returned to Germany, where he worked as a self-employed graphic artist in Stuttgart.

In 1940 Stankowski was inducted into the German armed forces and was a prisoner of war until 1948. After his internment ended, Anton Stankowski returned to Stuttgart, where he worked as typographer, graphic artist and photographer for the "Stuttgarter Illustrierte". In 1951 Anton Stankowski founded a graphic design practice of his own. A new cultural circle grew up around Anton Stankowski that included his Stuttgart friends Willi Baumeister, Max Bense, Egon Eiermann, Mia Seeger, and Walter Cantz.

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