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Milton Glaser
Idea Archive 02


Milton Glaser is one of the world’s most renowned designers and illustrators from the United States of the later half of the 20th century. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker, and established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974. His artwork has been featured in exhibits, and placed in permanent collections in many museums worldwide. Throughout his long career, Glaser has become widely celebrated for his many posters, paperback covers, magazines illustrations, record jackets and architectural designs. His logo “I ♥ NY,” as well as posters for Bob Dylan and other artists, have become some of the most recognised and appropriated graphics of our times. This book is a compilation of Glaser’s 60s graphic design work.
Originally published by Japan’s great Idea Magazine as a special edition in 1968, this book is a hardcover re-print of this volume dedicated entirely to Glaser’s work. In addition to contributions by three of Japan’s greatest graphic designers Ikko Tanaka, Hiromu Hara, and Kiyoshi Awazu, an interview with Milton Glaser himself is included in the book. The art direction and layout by Tadanori Yokoo fully convey the atmosphere of the time and work of Glaser.

The 51th volume of Pushpin Graphic Magazine, which was dedicated to Georges Melies well-known for his movie “A Trip to the Moon,” is inserted as a supplement.

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Peter Max

A strangely very scarce Peter Max book, published by PARCO in Tokyo, for a major exhibition held in Japan in 1976.

Spanning the 1960s-mid 1970s, this elegant publication is entirely made up of page after page of Max’s vibrant paintings, sketches, prints and collages, so many of which have not been reproduced in any other book. The sketches in here are of particular interest. Many figurative studies, as well as flowers, fantastic landscapes and his famed “Cosmic Jumper”, all in Max’s distinct style. A modest, yet very generous and handsomely designed Japanese book on Max’s iconic graphic and illustrative work.

“Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a German-born American illustrator and graphic artist, known for the use of psychedelic shapes and color palettes as well as spectra in his work. Max’s art work was first identified as having been a popular part of the counter culture and psychedelic movements in graphic design during the late 1960s and early 1970s – works in this style appeared on posters and were seen on the walls of college dorms across America. In 1962, Max started a small Manhattan arts studio known as “The Daly & Max Studio,” with friend Tom Daly. Daly and Max were joined by friend and mentor Don Rubbo, and the three worked as a group on books and advertising for which they received industry recognition. Much of their work incorporated antique photographic images as elements of collage. Max’s interest in astronomy contributed to his self described “Cosmic ’60s” period, which featured what became identified as psychedelic, counter culture imagery. Max’s art was popularized nationally through TV commercials such as his 1968 “un cola” ad for the soft drink 7-UP. He is known for using bursts of color, often containing much or all of the visible spectrum. His work was both influenced by, as well as widely imitated by, others in the field of commercial illustration. Max then became fascinated with new printing techniques that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise. In 1970, many of Max’s products and posters were featured in the exhibition “The World of Peter Max,” which opened at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. The United States Postal Service commissioned Max to create the 10-cent postage stamp to commemorate the Expo ’74 World’s Fair in Washington, and Max drew a colorful psychedelic scene with a “Cosmic Jumper” and a “Smiling Sage” against a backdrop of a cloud, sun rays and a ship at sea on the theme of “Preserve the Environment.” Max’s work has since been recognised through work with everyone from the 1994 World Cup, Yes, The World Series between the New York Yankees and Mets, and Taylor Swift.”

* Condition: Very Good/Fine (almost as new, in illustrated protective wrap, pages clean and bright) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request. 

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Peter Max
GOD (with words of Swami Sivananda, Himalayas)

“God”, published in 1970, from the iconic series of popular books illustrated by American graphic artist Peter Max with words of Swami Sivananda, Himalayas, who was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. The 4 book series was made up of God/Thought/Peace/Love. Hardcover. First Edition.

“Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is a German-born American illustrator and graphic artist, known for the use of psychedelic shapes and color palettes as well as spectra in his work. Max’s art work was first identified as having been a popular part of the counter culture and psychedelic movements in graphic design during the late 1960s and early 1970s – works in this style appeared on posters and were seen on the walls of college dorms across America. In 1962, Max started a small Manhattan arts studio known as “The Daly & Max Studio,” with friend Tom Daly. Daly and Max were joined by friend and mentor Don Rubbo, and the three worked as a group on books and advertising for which they received industry recognition. Much of their work incorporated antique photographic images as elements of collage. Max’s interest in astronomy contributed to his self described “Cosmic ’60s” period, which featured what became identified as psychedelic, counter culture imagery. Max’s art was popularized nationally through TV commercials such as his 1968 “un cola” ad for the soft drink 7-UP. He is known for using bursts of color, often containing much or all of the visible spectrum. His work was both influenced by, as well as widely imitated by, others in the field of commercial illustration. Max then became fascinated with new printing techniques that allowed for four-color reproduction on product merchandise. In 1970, many of Max’s products and posters were featured in the exhibition “The World of Peter Max,” which opened at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. The United States Postal Service commissioned Max to create the 10-cent postage stamp to commemorate the Expo ’74 World’s Fair in Washington, and Max drew a colorful psychedelic scene with a “Cosmic Jumper” and a “Smiling Sage” against a backdrop of a cloud, sun rays and a ship at sea on the theme of “Preserve the Environment.” Max’s work has since been recognised through work with everyone from the 1994 World Cup, Yes, The World Series between the New York Yankees and Mets, and Taylor Swift.”

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The Blue Book

Published in 1983, The Blue Book compiles an amazing, diverse, all-colour collection of erotic fantasies through the eyes of over 100 of the world’s most successful artists of the early 1980s, including Andy Warhol, Harumi Yamaguchi, Richard Bernstein, Carol Lay, Robert Blue, Lou Brooks, Robert Grossman, Mick Haggerty, George Hardie, Bush Hollyhead, Allen Jones, John Kacere, Katsu, Mel Odom, Neon Park, Gary Panter, Mel Ramos, Pater Sato, Todd Schorr, Tom Wesselmann, Tadanori Yokoo, George Stavrinos,  Olivia, Nancy Kintisch and many more!

* Condition: Good (bending to cover, light wear to edges) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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