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The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design

By Steven Heller and Greg D’Onofrio is the first comprehensive survey of the phenomenon that shaped our visual environment.

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Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals and ephemera. The collection is a source of original items for educational, historical and scholarly analysis.

SWB Ausstellung

SWB Ausstellung

1950, Hans Neuburg, Test

Biosulfa Antibiotic

Biosulfa Antibiotic

December 1950, Lester Beall

PM Journal

PM Journal, Vol. VI, No. 2

Dec/Jan 1939–1940, Herbert Bayer

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Items in the Collection are grouped with specific attributes such as designer, time period, type and country. Viewing the Collection in groups brings similarities and differences into focus and provides a more in-depth look. Full page of keywords coming soon.

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Writings on influential designers, graphic design history, noteworthy current events and expanded information on items from the Collection.

Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America

12 March 2019

Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America

Featuring 16 Italian graphic designers were living and publishing important work in the U.S.

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design 1941–60

11 October 2015

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design 1941–60

An exhibition featuring Ladislav Sutnar's work for Sweet’s Catalog Service.

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive

22 November 2013

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive

A preeminent mid-century book designer whose legacy is a significant contribution to the field of graphic design.

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Important, carefully selected and rare graphic design books, periodicals and ephemera for sale.

Exhibitions

A current selection of historical graphic design, art and photography exhibitions from around the world.

Ends June 13, 2016

The Electro-Library: European Avant-Garde Magazines from the 1920s

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York City

May 27 – September 6, 2016

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

Guggenheim Museum, New York City

November 14 – July 4, 2016

Vitality of New Forms: Designs by Alvin Lustig and Elaine Lustig Cohen

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles