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1954

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1964

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2013

2020

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Book Cover, The Main Stream of Music, ca. 1959

This is a Book cover. It was designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen. It is dated ca. 1959. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper.

Elaine Lustig Cohen was married to Alvin Lustig from 1948 to 1955. She managed her husband’s studio, serving as a secretary, production assistant, and draftsperson—the “office slave,” as she recalls. As Lustig lost his eyesight to diabetes, he relied on his wife to execute his concepts. Following Lustig’s death, Cohen established her own design practice. Her book covers shown here use abstract structural elements, expressive typography, and conceptual photographs to richly interpret the books’ contents.

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

Its dimensions are

18.3 x 11.1 cm (7 3/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

It is signed

Imprinted in white ink, lower left: elaine lustig

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