from 1954 to 1974 Milton Glaser was the founder and president of the ‘push pin’ studio (with Semour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins and Edward Sorel) in New York and from 1955 to 1974 the editor and co-art director of the ‘push pin graphic’ magazine. in an era dominated by Swiss rationalism, the push pin style celebrated the eclectic and eccentric design of the passé past while it introduced a distinctly contemporary design vocabulary, with a wide range of work that included record sleeves, books, posters, logos, font design and magazine formats.
Milton Glaser is a graphic designer (born June 26, 1929, in New York City), best known for the I Love New York logo, his “Bob Dylan” poster, the “DC bullet” logo used by DC
Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the “Brooklyn Brewery” logo. Milton Glaser also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968.
Glaser was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in New York. “Milton Glaser” was educated at Manhattan’s High School of Music & Art (now Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts), graduated from the Cooper Union in 1951 and later, via a Fulbright Scholarship, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna under Giorgio Morandi He was greatly inspired by his sister’s partner, who studied typography at a great depth at the current time.
In 1954 Glaser was a founder, and president, of Push Pin Studios formed with several of his Cooper Union classmates. Glaser’s work is characterized by directness, simplicity and originality. Milton Glaser uses any medium or style to solve the problem at hand. His style ranges wildly from primitive to avant garde in his countless book jackets, album covers, advertisements and direct mail pieces and magazine illustrations.Milton Glaser started his own studio, Milton Glaser, Inc, in 1974. This led to his involvement with an increasingly wide diversity of projects, ranging from the design of New York Magazine, of which he was a co-founder, to a 600-foot mural for the Federal Office Building in Indianapolis.
Milton Glaser has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the center Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Lincoln center gallery, New York; the Houghton gallery at the cooper union, New York; the AIGA gallery in New York; the Philadelphia museum of art,…
his work is included in the permanent collections of many international art museums. Smithsonian’s cooper-Hewitt national design museum has chosen Milton Glaser to receive the 2004 national design award.
In addition to commercial enterprises, Milton Glaser’s work has been exhibited world-wide. His most notable single-man shows include:
• Museum of Modern Art, New York (1975)
• Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1977)
• Lincoln Center Gallery, New York (1981)
• Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York (1984)
• Vicenza Museum (1989)
• Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1989)
In 1991, Milton Glaser was commissioned by the Italian government to create an exhibition in tribute to the Italian artist, Piero della Francesca, for part of the celebrations on the occasion of his 500th anniversary. This show opened in Arezzo, Italy and one year later (under the sponsorship of Campari) moved to Milan. In 1994, The Cooper Union, Mr. Glaser’s alma mater, hosted the show in New York.
In 1992, an exhibition of drawings titled “The Imaginary Life of Claude Monet” opened at Nuages Gallery, Italy, and in 1995, an adapted version of this show was exhibited in Japan’s Creation Gallery. 1995 also brought a Glaser exhibition to the Art Institute of Boston.
In 1997, the Suntory Museum, Japan, mounted a major retrospective of The Pushpin Studios, featuring past and present works by Milton Glaser and other Pushpin artists. In October 1999, Mr. Glaser’s illustrations of Dante’s Purgatorio were exhibited at the Nuages Gallery in Milan, Italy, and Nuages organized a large exhibition of Mr. Glaser’s work during the 2000 Carnevale in Venice.
Mr. Glaser’s work is now represented in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the National Archive, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
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