Of particular interest of the art history researchers are the specific relationships between the artists belonging to the same generation, regardless of the media they used. By examining friendships or partnerships closely, we find out much about how art was perceived and from which perspective, as well as how a certain scene functioned and what the circumstances of the artistic production were in that moment.
Governed by such an agenda, the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center decided to host an exhibition of landscape prints by iconic graphic designer Milton Glaser, who was Hopper’s very good friend. The exhibition tends to reveal the effects of mutual exchange and several other connections that the two artists shared.
Undoubtedly, Milton Glaser is one of the most important figures of graphic design, whose four-decades-long career has contributed largely to a better understanding of this often underestimated medium. This figure studied at the Cooper Union in New York City, as well as in Bologna, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. Gradually, Glaser’s career spanned so he even co-founded the revolutionary design studio called Push Pin Studios in 1954 and the New York magazine in 1968.
In 1974, the designer opened his own studio, Milton Glaser, Inc., where a number of important artworks were produced, among them the iconic I❤NY symbol. Throughout the years, his works were shown in various exhibition spaces around the globe, and in 2009 the former President Barack Obama honored him the National Medal of the Arts.
Glaser is known for linear and colorful pop style, yet for this specific occasion, the selection gathers his latest landscape explorations which are influenced by the late monotypes of Edgar Degas, as well as Edward Hopper’s early paintings. These somehow abstract compositions are actual manifestations of Glaser’s external and internal observations.
By digitally processing these images, the designer manages to accentuate various layers and enhance the effect of disruption or corrosion. Aside from certain visual characteristics, the direct connection with Hopper is established with the use of the recurrent motif of Glaser’s series and that is the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, which is a toponym of great significance for both artists.
Milton Glaser – Landscape Prints will open on 7 September at Edward Hopper House Museum in Nyack, USA. The press preview and members opening reception will happen 13 September from 6.30 to 8.30 PM. It is interesting to add that as a related public program, a talk with Milton Glaser by Ken Carbone is scheduled for 13 October 2018 at 2 pm, when the artist will emphasize more on the creative process that guides his powerful vision.
The audience will be able to purchase the exhibition poster and special edition postcard books designed by Milton Glaser and see the exhibition until 4 November 2018.
Featured image: Milton Glaser - Pink and Blue Landscape. All images are courtesy of Edward Hopper House Art Center.