Friday, February 16, 2018

Op-Ed Pages in MoMA

I'm proud to announce that MoMA New York acquired eight of The New York Times Op-Ed pages for their collection (images not available yet), which I designed as the art director from 1992 to 1993.

Considering this eight Op-Ed pages as one piece of work, now I have 39 works in MoMA's collection.

Being the art director of Op-Ed pages, I had the pleasure of working with some of the top writers and illustrators. The editorial team, headed by Mike Levitas, supported me in creating some quite unusual pages, which were very "experimental" for The New York Times at that time.

Here are some of them.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Milton Glaser Posters Book

New, beautifully designed book Milton Glaser Posters, published by Abrams contains 427 examples of posters from 1965 to 2017.

I'm very proud that two of the examples are posters for projects on which Milton and I collaborated on, The Design of Dissent book and Tolerance poster show. I managed for a second to snatch from Milton the advance copy of the book and photograph the spreads with those two projects.

This 768-page book will be released on March 27, 2018.

Monday, February 12, 2018

WTF is going on with advertising?

This Sunday I opened the back page of The New York Times Style section and my first reaction was WTF is going on?

Advertisement for Calvin Klein was featuring a bag of popcorn. A reproduction of Andy Warhol's Ambulance Disaster featuring a young woman brutally killed in an ambulance crash was on one side of the bag. On the other side of the bag More and More and More was written, with popcorn all around the bag.

I went to their website to see what this is all about and to my astonishment I found photos of two half naked young people making out in front of the same art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

I just don't know who to blame more for this disgusting campaign, Calvin Klein, his advertising agency, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Andy Warhol Museum or The New York Times for publishing this? Did anybody, even for a second, thought about what they're doing? That the killed young woman deserved more dignity, then to be a background for someone's campaign or a print on a popcorn bag? Especially with More and More and More written on it. More of what?! This is not an image from some stupid movie, this was a real person, a real tragedy.

In the meantime, the same media and the same people are "outraged" when some idiot takes a video of a hanging body in the suicide forest in Japan. If nobody else, then The New York Times was supposed to know better, and refuse to publish this kind of ad.

What is next, Picasso's Guernica?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Demokrata for 200€

Browsing through antique bookshop websites I came across this Hungarian website and to my surprise found out that somebody used my art created in 1985 for the movie Red and Black on the cover of Demokrata, a samizdat political and cultural magazine published by AB Független in 1989.

AB Független was a semi-underground publisher established by the Democratic Opposition in Hungary to publish not merely political literature, but also literature that was banned by the Communist politics. At that time Hungary was a Communist country.

What is quite amazing, this Anti-communist pamphlet is selling for 200€ ($250).
The beauty of capitalism.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mattotti's New York

Last night the exhibition Lorenzo Mattotti: Covers for The New Yorker opened at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, which shows works by one of my favorite illustrator and comic artist Lorenzo Mattotti.

"Curated by Melania Gazzotti, the exhibition collects for the first time the original pastels created by Lorenzo Mattotti for 32 of the magazine’s covers, along with numerous unpublished preparatory sketches and a selection of his illustrations for articles on fashion, culture, and current affairs. The exhibition will be on view until March 8th, Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm."

It's a must see show, especially because one can see how small and precious are the originals.
The show is accompanied with an extensive catalog including, not only all the covers, but also
many sketches.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Underground Images in The Hague, Holland

Underground Imagesthe traveling retrospective of SVA's long-running subway poster series just got installed at De Affiche Galerij at the train station designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA in The Hague, Holland. The show will be open from February 1st to March 6th.

Special thanks to Wendy Louw for organizing and setting up the show.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The War On Dissent

New issue of the online magazine ColdType is out and it features Milton Glaser's and my new book The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition as part of the cover story.

You can read the article at this link: