The Museum of Avant-garde

Seymour Chwast

Heralded as one of the greatest designers and illustrators of his generation, in his sixth decade of professional activity, Seymour Chwast founded Push Pin Studios in 1954, together with fellow students Edward Sorel and Milton Glaser. The studios paved the way to the launch of “The Push Pin Monthly Graphic”, which evolved from “Push Pin Almanack”, and accompanied his career for more than a quarter century, followed by the “Nose”, started in 1996. Over the years these periodicals display the insatiability of his creativity and a great deal of his thoughts and beliefs.

Beyond his editorial production, his expression encompassed packaging, poster, stage design, typography, painting and sculpture, which he referred to as ‘two and a half dimensions’.

With a long list of honorary achievements, his art is a kaleidoscope of rejuvenated historical influences, character inventions, themes, medium experimentations – which makes his style so telling and unmistakable.

Inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1983 and awarded the AIGA Medal in 1985, when his monograph “The Left-handed designer” was published, Chwast continues to surprise and delight, for his coherence, imagination and penetrability to political and social issues. Amongst his most recent work, a series of graphic novels showcases his ability to reinvent literary masterpieces such as the “Odyssey”, Dante’s “Inferno”, “The Canterbury Tales” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court”, in his own witty and immediately accessible style.