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Milton Glaser: Landscape Prints
September 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center is pleased to announce an exhibition this fall of landscape prints by the renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser. The opportunity to exhibit in Edward Hopper’s home is one that Mr. Glaser has taken as both a great honor and an impetus to create his latest and most personal works to date. The exhibition has drawn attention to a number of connections shared between the two artists and their artistic development, including the influence of time spent in Europe as young men, the resulting decision of each to turn toward a different artistic medium, and a mutual love for the Hudson Valley.
Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the world today. A graduate of the Cooper Union in New York City, he studied printmaking in Bologna, Italy, under the tutelage of Giorgio Morandi via a Fulbright Scholarship. From there, he embarked on a career boasting a number of firsts, including co-founding the revolutionary design firm Push Pin Studios in 1954 and New York magazine in 1968.
Glaser’s work has been featured in exhibitions and museums throughout the world, including one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. He is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from both the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Fulbright Association and, in 2009, President Obama presented him with the National Medal of the Arts, the only graphic designer yet to receive it. In 1974, he opened Milton Glaser, Inc., where he continues to produce a prolific amount of work, including the iconic I ❤ N Y symbol; perhaps the most replicated symbol of our time.
The exhibition at Edward Hopper House will feature numerous landscape explorations influenced by the late monotypes of Edgar Degas, which are also reminiscent of Hopper’s early paintings. In each case, Glaser begins with a drawing – in black and white or color – made from both memory and observation. He then uses a range of digital processes to layer a variety of patterns on top of and below the image, effectively creating a virtual lithographic press. This procedure, which enables him to discern and control the slightest changes in color, has resulted in a series of new works by Glaser that offer an at-once-familiar but unique perspective on the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley.
An exhibition poster and special edition post card books designed by Milton Glaser will be available for sale at Edward Hopper House.