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Milton Glaser’s geometries
Visual Arts Gallery. Sculpture Architecture, Architecture Sculpture. February–March 1967. (Larger)
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.

In the late-1960s, his posters for exhibitions at the Visual Arts Gallery often employed intricate, geometrical graphics to challenge the two-dimensionality of the poster while sober grid layouts punctuated the important vertical axes. The posters posed visual challenges that mirrored those contained in the art and design of the exhibitions themselves. Some of these we’ve posted before — here, here and here — but there are many more, and I find I return to them often, and always with surprise and delight.

Two bright blue 1s in a cube against a navy background with red text

Visual Arts Gallery. 1 Print, 1 Painting. January–Febraury 1968.

yellow and red cubes interlocking against a white background

Visual Arts Gallery. Perspective: An Exhibition of Early and Current Work. November–December 1967.

White and grey three-dimensional text at an angle against a green background

Visual Arts Gallery. Concrete Poetry. April–May 1968.