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Magazine Cover, Engineering Aesthetics

This is a Magazine cover. It is dated 1990 and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is offset lithograph on coated paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Alexander Gelman’s minimal approach to graphic design favors flat fields of color in stark, clean arrangements. In this magazine cover, crisp planes of complementary colors clash in a zigzagging border, which vibrates with movement as the contrasting red and green elements affect the eye’s perception of each half of the design.

It is credited Gift of Design Machine.

  • Fragments
  • silk.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1896-1-55-a,b

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Fragment
  • silk.
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-569
  • Sidewall (USA)
  • machine-printed paper.
  • Gift of Greeley Municipal Museum.
  • 1972-50-9

Its dimensions are

28.9 X 21 cm (11 3/8 X 8 1/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, upper right: ISSN 0136-5363

Cite this object as

Magazine Cover, Engineering Aesthetics; Russia; offset lithograph on coated paper; 28.9 X 21 cm (11 3/8 X 8 1/4 in.); Gift of Design Machine; 1998-32-10

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

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