The Daily Heller: Milton Glaser’s Exhibitionism

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Everywhere you look, Milton Glaser is getting his well deserved due. We will cover as many events and tributes as possible in this space, but the breadth of his global appeal is arguably broader than any other graphic designer of the late 20th century.

Thanks to several important donations, the two biggest Croatian museums—the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Arts and Crafts—have collected a significant number of works by Glaser.

The Museum of Contemporary Art has acquired 41 posters from between 2017 and 2020, which were donated by Glaser himself and graphic designer Mirko Ilic. A friend of Glaser’s, Ilic (through the AIC Foundation) is an instigator behind the substantial donation of Glaser’s work to the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Association of Former SPUD Students—UBU, Croatia’s oldest art school. Apart from 39 posters, the MAC donation encompasses a number of lesser-known works—approximately 90 examples of visual identities (memoranda sets, business cards, envelopes and other promotional materials) designed predominantly for New York corporations, restaurants and other companies. The donation to UBU, meanwhile, comprises 23 posters designed for schools and colleges, most of those being for the School of Visual Arts in New York City.