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August 12, 2013

Concrete Poetry

Milton Glaser tips his hat to French poet, playwright, and critic Guillaume Apollinaire.

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July 29, 2013

Tea for two

Milton Glaser for the Russian Tea Room.

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July 22, 2013

Layer cake

One of the central features of the Push Pin generation of designers — mainly Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser — was a continued inspiration from, and reliance upon, physically layered compositions (using e.g., cello-tak) and photographic compositing.

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July 20, 2013

Inside the Big Apple

One of the main attractions of the archive as a research tool is as a document of artistic process. (The effect of the overwriting of drafts by computers is a subject I have written about elsewhere.) There were several stages to Milton Glaser’s development of a poster for the Visual Arts Gallery exhibition “Inside the Big Apple” (1968) — the above shows his collage of different versions of the figuration, which arrangement ended up contributing the composition that he used in the final version (other versions and the final poster follow).

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July 20, 2013

Hot potato

Milton Glaser plays with fire for Poppy Records.

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July 16, 2013

Milton Glaser’s geometries

Milton Glaser is closely associated with a visual style emphasizing expressive illustrations and resonant cultural symbols, but revisiting different periods in his career one is reminded that he was constantly developing new approaches, and in the Glaser Collection one can find an astonishingly wide range of approaches to design problems.

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July 12, 2013

Man in the shadows

He wanted to live in a world in which one could find “Gershwin playing all night in penthouses, while George Kaufman fired one-liners into the guests and Harpo scrambled eggs in their hats.” Milton Glaser’s cover, with its punchy color combined with austere but evocative line, seems neatly suited to such a world.

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July 07, 2013

Glaser for RCA Computers

In 1970, Milton Glaser did a series of three posters for RCA’s Computer Division entitled Memory Unbound. They express the abstract promise of technology that was at least a decade away for most people.

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May 17, 2013

Dusty and the Duke

Milton Glaser illustrates the stark contrast between two film stars of 1969 — Dustin Hoffman and John Wayne.

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May 05, 2013

Esquire’s Gift Catalog

Push Pin’s nutty and sweet Christmas Gift Catalog for Esquire exemplifies the eclectic spirit of that studio.

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April 23, 2013

The Sound of…

Milton Glaser’s early album covers express his understanding of the ineffable qualities of music.

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April 15, 2013

Everyday is like Sunday

Milton Glaser’s take on Seurat.

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March 31, 2013

The furniture people of Stanley VanDerBeek

Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) was best known as an experimental filmmaker but he was also a gifted painter and sculptor. This undated issue of the Push Pin Graphic features photographs of VanDerBeek’s whimsical creations.

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March 17, 2013

Opera News

In the category of personal favorites go these beautiful Opera News covers, done by Milton Glaser between 1966 and 1970, while he was at Push Pin.

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February 27, 2013

Galeonen Bar, Hamburg

Milton Glaser designed this irregularly-shaped, cut-out menu in 1973 for Galeonen Bar, at the Plaza Hamburg hotel. Their vintage cocktail menu follows.

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February 20, 2013

Love is a sign

Vernacular signage from the first year of the Push Pin Graphic.

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November 21, 2012

Odd bird

Looks like a regular ocellated fellow, with one significant difference. Cross-reference for flowers sprouting from heads: Utopia Records, and this poster for Push Pin Graphic. (Typeface is Glaser Stencil, which appeared on other Poppy productions as well.)

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March 13, 2012

Saturday’s Generation

Are you a member of Saturday’s Generation?

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November 21, 2011

Back in business

The Glaser/SVA Archives staff of two is pleased to announced that our renovation is complete! We have even more room now for researchers and class visits, so drop us a line if you’d like stop by. Most importantly, our collections are back from storage so we’ll return to featuring great stuff from the designers and illustrators in the Archives on Container List.

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July 26, 2011

This won’t hurt a bit

The Archives will be closing to visitors this week in order to prepare for our extreme makeover. When our renovated space re-opens in early September we’ll have much more storage and visitor space. Stay tuned for news of discoveries of pirate treasure maps in the walls, dinosaur bones under the floorboards, and paleolithic cave paintings behind the flat files. Email inquiries are still welcome during the renovation period; our collections will be in storage but we’ll do our best to help.

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