Hyperallergic: From Triangle to Tiger, a Handbook for Understanding Symbols


Their book, recently released by the Monacelli Press, is a compendium to help artists, designers, and curious readers gain a more complex understanding of symbolism in the visual arts. Last year, Fox and Wang, both design professors at the California College of the Arts, got some press attention for their subversive Trump logo of interlocking Ts that manifest a negative image of a swastika. That symbol is the very last entry in the book, where the writers note its long history as “an emblem of blessing and good fortune” — its Sanskrit name, “Svastika,” means “It is well” — and its caustic adoption by the Nazis. “The swastika now simultaneously signifies both good and evil: a life symbol that is equated with death,” they write.

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