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.
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
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
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
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
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,
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,
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,
Jorgensen Gallery, Stoors, Connecticut
Museum Fur Kunst and Gewerbe,
Musee de L'Affiche, Paris
Palazzo die Comuni, Rome, Italy
Galerie Deiprie, Paris