Steven Heller

Weekend Heller: The Elements of Kalman, Maira

I am always happy when one of my favorite artists, Maira Kalman, is recognized for her exceptional achievements. This week The Jewish Museum and The New York Public Library announced a major acquisition of Kalman’s “The Elements of Style,” comprised of 57 gouaches on paper created for the 2005 edition of William Strunk Jr....

Mad Obsessories On Mad Ave

The morning I ran into Kevin O'Callaghan, he was presenting another of his high energy Madison Avenue public art outdoor exhibitions to Marie Claire to coincide with the magazine’s blockbuster October 2018 issue, this one titled “SVA’s “Obsessorize: Common Objects Uncommon Accessories”.

Bantjes Wonder World

Marion Bantjes' "I Wonder" was first published in Europe by Thames & Hudson and in the United States by The Monacelli Press in 2010. Eight years later it is republished with a new, lighter, more luminescent cover.

Eye Candy

Print Materials and Ephemera Pleasing to the Eye I have been accumulating printed ephemera for decades. Back in the Gutenberg era I doubt anyone would imagine discarding a piece of printing. First, it would be sacrilegious, second, it would be like discarding a old model cell phone (or maybe that’s not such a good...

Rough, Rough, Rough

Don May was the rough trader. He was an art and layout consultant with Hoskinson, Rohloff and Associates, and worked for dozens of national clients, including Abbot Laboratories, Hart Schaffner and Marks, Sears Roebook, and the Chicago Daily News. He was a layout machine and layout man's layout man. These roughs come from his...

Weekend Heller: Not One But Two Lustig-Cohen Exhibits

The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU Great Hall Exhibition Series will present Graphic Objects: Elaine Lustig Cohen’s Sculptural Works, a solo exhibition featuring works by artist and graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen. The first public display of Lustig Cohen’s sculptural reliefs and box-like sculptures, this exhibition runs in conjunction with Masterpieces and Curiosities:...

Tony Di Spigna: Fifty Years A Letterer

Veteran master letterer Tony Di Spigna has an exhibition, “Imported From Brooklyn,” now on view at The Grace Gallery organized by the Communication Design Department, New York City College of Technology, where he will be donating his archive to City Tech and it will become the department’s first permanent collection. I spoke to Douglas Davis,...

Lustful Lucian’s Luscious Letters

Lucian Bernhard was a master of many arts. He is less celebrated for his poster than his typefaces, but while he was in Germany and later (after the Nazis banned his work) in the United States he produced cases of them. Bernhard had developed typefaces for Flisch and Bauer Type foundries in Germany, including...

Weekend Heller: Igarashi’s Frenetic Alphabetics

Takenobu Igarashi monumentalized type and typography when most of us were still living in Gutenberg’s shadow. With his unprecedented 3D type, Igarashi created an even larger shadow that brought the old world together with the future one. Announcing through Volume, a crowdfunding platform, and produced in collaboration with Igarashi a new book “A to...