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First Look: James McMullan
James McMullan Collection: art for Borges book covers for E.P. Dutton, 1960s-1970s.
September 29, 2013

First Look: James McMullan

This summer we received a great donation from illustrator, poster designer and long-time SVA faculty member James McMullan. McMullan worked at Push Pin Studios from 1966-1969 (along with Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast) and was one of the core group of artists who helped develop the artistic sensibility of New York Magazine. McMullan is also well-known for his acclaimed theater posters, in particular the ones he produced (and still produces) for the plays at Lincoln Center. The McMullan Collection is a thoughtful one that highlights his process for projects including posters, book covers, editorial illustration, and album covers. The original art is particularly gorgeous, and offers a compelling view of McMullan’s style of highly expressive realism.

Color sketch and art of people in a movie theater

James McMullan Collection: art for Audience Magazine article on Pauline Kael, early 1980s.

Colorful sketch and art of a Garment District street scene; in the foreground, a man is pushing a rack of clothes

James McMullan Collection: sketch and art depicting NYC Garment District street scene for poster, undated.

Sketch and art of a bald man in a suit sitting cross-legged on a chair

James McMullan Collection: sketch and art for Fortune article on Milton Friedman, 1967.