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Drawing, Design for Manhattan Records Label, ca. 1984

This is a Drawing. It is dated ca. 1984 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is pen and red, black ink, color pencil, red marking pen, collage on tracing paper mounted on board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Scher’s inspiration for this record label came from Piet Mondrian’s celebrated 1942–43 painting Broadway Boogie Woogie, a square canvas covered in an irregular grid of primary colors—a response to the street grid of Manhattan and the syncopated beats of jazz music. In this working drawing, the designer calls out the PMS (Pantone Matching System) numbers for each color.

It is credited Gift of Paula Scher.

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Its dimensions are

20.5 x 21.2 cm (8 1/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

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Drawing, Design for Manhattan Records Label, ca. 1984; USA; pen and red, black ink, color pencil, red marking pen, collage on tracing paper mounted on board; 20.5 x 21.2 cm (8 1/16 x 8 3/8 in.); Gift of Paula Scher; 1996-88-6

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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