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Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, Herb Lubalin. (Larger version)
April 07, 2014

Georgia’s always on my mind

By: bethkleber

As a follow-up to our previous post on the artists who participated in the USIA’s 1962 graphic arts exhibition that toured the USSR, here’s some work featured in the portfolio produced for that show. Ivan Chermayeff designed the well-known cover symbol (below); inside, the portfolio contains the work of the best designers and illustrators of the time. Booklets are divided into categories: Illustration & Humor, Engraving, Editorial/Book Illustration, and plain old Artwork (or at least that’s what I got out of my Cyrillic translator). They offer a crash course in the disparate trends percolating in the graphic arts during the early 1960s: conceptualism, abstraction, modernism, and reinterpretations of historical styles.

A photo of a black tattered box with a Graphic of a pen nib in the colors of the American flag against a black background. Text is underneath in white in a different language.

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio cover by Ivan Chermayeff, 1962.

Delicately drawn black ink cartoon of an artist drawing; patterns and structures blossom out of the page and upwards vertically, against a bright orange background.

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, Saul Steinberg.

Rough illustration of two boxers fighting against an aggressive yellow background. Aggressive back streaks blur the motion of the boxer's punches and movements.

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, Bob Peak.

Color cityscape against a white background; all structures are made out of lines of text. On the the header is in a different language.

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, Ray Komai.

Expressive depiction of a man with horns in red paint, the devil, against a white background

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, George Tscherny.

Cartoon depiction of a man filming a flock of policeman posing against a green background

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, Lionel Kalish.

See the Flickr set for more work.

This post also appears on our Picturebox blog.