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1947

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2011

2020

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Book Cover, Illuminations, 1947

This is a Book cover. It was made for New Directions Books. It is dated 1947. Its medium is offset lithograph on cream shiny wove paper.

Functioning like a small poster, a book cover must quickly capture a viewer’s attention and provoke curiosity about the content within, contributing an enduring element to the reader’s experience. The covers designed by Alvin Lustig in the 1940s and 1950s employ abstracted iconography and simple typography and lettering to create emotionally compelling representations of a book’s themes. Lustig, who died at 40, is remembered as one of America’s greatest modern designers.

This object was donated by Tamar Cohen. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff.

Its dimensions are

(irregular): 18.5 x 16.2 cm (7 5/16 x 6 3/8 in.)

It is signed

Signed in printed white ink, front cover lower left: lustig.

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