Seymour Chwast, American (1931 - )

Seymour Chwast, regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century , is founder of the world famous Push Pin Studios. It would be difficult to imagine contemporary American and European graphic design and illustration without the presence of Seymour Chwast.

By the middle of the 1950s, as the Norman Rockwell epoch drew to a close, Chwast was already known for his unique style of illustration. His playful, expressive approach to type and layout was the point of a new design wave based on revivalism—a radical alternative to the Swiss formalism of the time. For over 30 years he has continued to ride above the twists and turns of fashion; today his art is even more energized and varied than when it originally altered a generation's perceptions.

He has created a style that is synonymous with the most creative and progressive aspects of graphic art and design. Mr. Chwast's clients number among the most prominent corporations in the United States and abroad. His designs and illustrations have been used for advertising, animated films, TV, graphics, record covers, trade and children's books, package designs, posters and magazines. His alpha-
bet designs are widely used. He co- designed and art directed Audience, a
magazine on the arts as well as Tube, a magazine for children. It is impossible to overestimate the impact of Mr. Chwast's work. Through his much acclaimed covers for Time magazine, and works commissioned by Mobil Oil, J.C.
Penny, IBM, General Foods, Chrysler Corporation, Peugeot, MGM, Doubleday, CBS and A.T.T., millions of people all over the
world have been exposed to his art. Mr. Chwast works in a variety of styles
and media and his work has been exhibited by American Institute of Graphic Arts, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators,
Type Directors of New York, Art Directors Club of Chicago, New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, California State University and Galerie Delpire in Paris.

Articles about Mr. Chwast and his work have appeared in the American Artist, Graphis, Graphics Today, Print Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Graphic Design, Gebrauchsgrafik and Newsweek. He has received numerous awards for his work and was recently honored with the Cooper Union St, Gauden's medal. A special edition of IDEA, Japan's leading graphic
arts magazine, devoted entirely to his work published in October 1973.
Several of his posters are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He participated in the exhibition; "A Century of American Illustration" at the Brooklyn Museum. Mr. Chwast and Push Pin Studios were
honored with a two month retrospective exhibition at the Louvre's Musee des Aris Decoratifs in March 1970. It was the first time an American graphic arts studio has been invited to exhibit at the museum. The show, entitled, 'The Push Pin Style", was a great popular critical success. Following
the engagement held in Paris, the show appeared - in major cities through Europe and in Brazil and Japan.

Mr. Chwast is the editor, publisher and art director of the Push Pin Graphic, a bi-
monthly magazine which boasts thousands of subscribers all over the world. He is a founder and partner of Push Pin Press, a company which originates and produces a wide range of books. Mr. Chwast is on the Board of Directors of
the American Institute of Graphic Arts, visiting professor at the Cooper Union Art
School and is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has lectured
widely to students and professionals. He has been reviewed in principal publications including The American Artist, Horizon Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Graphis, Print Magazine, Gebrauch- sgrafik, Graphics Today and Newsweek. A special issue of IDEA, Japan's leading graphic arts magazine was devoted entirely to his work. His work appears in ART IN SOCIETY and THE POSTER IN HISTORY Mr. Chwast is Visiting Professor at the Cooper Union School of Art, and a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and
Brooklyn Community College. He is a frequent guest lecturer at art schools throughout the United States. He is a former vice president and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In 1974 he was elected to membership in the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Alan Ferm, curator of the Print Division for The Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C. sums up Chwast's career. "...it is impossible to discuss every aspect of the work of this diverse and talented artist. One has only to look at Chwast's work to see that he is a person of exceptional accomplishment and range. The work of Seymour Chwast represents some of the most satisfying graphic design in America today."

Major Exhibitions and Gallery Shows
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
Brooklyn Museum, New York, N.Y.
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Louvre, Paris
ICA Gallery, London
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Castello Storesco, Milan, Italy
Pompideau Center Gallery, Paris
Reed House, London
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Museum of Science arid Industry, Chicago, Illinois
Bergens Kunstforenig, Bergen, Norway
Henie-Onstad Museum, Oslo, Norway
Die Neue Sammlung, Aalborg, Denmark
Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Contemporary Crafts,
New York, N.Y.
University of Southern California,
Fullerton, California
Jorgensen Gallery, Stoors, Connecticut
Museum Fur Kunst and Gewerbe,
Hamburg, Germany
Musee de L'Affiche, Paris
Palazzo die Comuni, Rome, Italy
Galerie Deiprie, Paris

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