Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast

Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast

by Seymour Chwast
     
 

A revolutionary of visual culture, Seymour Chwast is one of the most influential illustrators of the last half century. Filled with hundreds of his distinctive illustrations, Seymour is a career-spanning volume, sure to be an indispensable addition to the libraries of illustration buffs, pop-culture aficionados, and Chwast's die-hard fans. As co-founder of

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A revolutionary of visual culture, Seymour Chwast is one of the most influential illustrators of the last half century. Filled with hundreds of his distinctive illustrations, Seymour is a career-spanning volume, sure to be an indispensable addition to the libraries of illustration buffs, pop-culture aficionados, and Chwast's die-hard fans. As co-founder of Push Pin Studios, Chwast has produced a body of illustrationshumorous, ironic, political, and utterly uniquethat are as inspirational to designers and illustrators today as they were when they first came on the scene over sixty years ago. Seymour is a spectacular and extensive tribute to a monumental figure in American illustration.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Award-winning graphic designer and illustrator Chwast with Heller (coauthors, Graphic Style: From Victorian to Digital; Illustration: A Visual History) and Chwast's wife, Scher, compile some of Chwast's thousands of commissions, pages from the publications The Push Pin Graphic and The Nose, and never-before-published personal works, paintings, and sculptures spanning the artist's oeuvre. Perhaps not as well known today, Chwast led a major upheaval in American illustration and graphic design during the late 1950s and early 1960s, initiating a shift from sentimental realism to comic expressionism. Having created illustrations for Time, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, Chwast also produced designs for books, advertisements, animated films, packaging, and album covers. Including an introduction by Heller, a personal essay by Scher, and a self-interview by the artist, this survey consists primarily of 270 color reproductions of Chwast's work, arranged by subject, e.g., cars, semihuman beings, celebrities, the Brylcreem Man, monkeys, diagrams, food, fashion, war, and interiors. VERDICT Nicely illustrated, with sufficient captions and a back-of-the-book list of featured works, this is highly recommended for fans, collectors, popular culture aficionados, students, and other art professionals.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811865463
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
05/13/2009
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
921,994
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Heller is the author of many books on design and culture.

Paula Scher has been a partner at Pentagram Design since 1991.

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