Norman Ives, American (1923 - 1978)

Norman Ives

From the NYTimes Obituary for Norman Ives (Feb. 4, 1978)

Norman Seaton Ives, professor of graphic design at the Yale School of Art, died Thursday of lung cancer in St. Raphael's Hospital, New Haven. He was 54 years old.

Well known as a painter, printmaker, graphic designer and publisher of portfolios of prints and photographs, Mr. Ives was born on March 23, 1923, in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1950 and from the Yale School of Art in 1952.

A faculty member of the Yale School of Art since 1952, Mr. Ives was made professor of graphic design in 1974. He had also been visiting professor of graphic design at the Royal College of Art in London, at the University of Hawaii and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Mr. Ives was active in book and magazine design, and in 1958 he went into partnership with Sewell Stillman in firm that published portfolios of work by Walker Evans, Ad Reinhardt, Herbert Matter and others. He also designed two major publications by Josef Albers; “Interaction of Color” in 1963 and “Formulition: Articulation” in 1972.

He had some success as a mural painter for movie theaters in Milford, Conn., and elsewhere. Mr. Ives had oneā€man shows of his work at the Stable Gallery and the Saidenberg Gallery in New York City and the Pollock Gallery in Toronto. At his death he was having an exhibition, which will last through next Saturday at the Marilyn Pearl Gallery, 29 West 57th Street.

Mr. Ives's last major museum show was in 1977 at the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, N.Y. Earlier museum shows were in the University of Kansas at Topeka, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the University of Hawaii. He was also represented in a group show, “The Art of the Poster,” at the Museum of Modern Art.

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