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1951 Improvisations / Artists Equity masquerade ball / Hotel Astor May / spring fantasia [book of lithographs], 1951

view 1951 Improvisations / Artists Equity masquerade ball / Hotel Astor May / spring fantasia [book of lithographs], 1951 digital asset number 1
Creator:
Artists Equity Association
Artist:
Weber, Max 1881-1961
Soyer, Raphael 1899-1987
Hofmann, Hans 1880-1966
Sternberg, Harry 1904-2001
Feininger, T. Lux
Gross, Chaim 1904-1991
Avery, Milton 1885-1965
Shahn, Ben 1898-1969
Advertiser:
Maidenform, Inc
Subject:
Astor Hotel (New York, N.Y.)
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, approx 10 x 8 in
Type:
Books
Lithographs
Date:
1951
1950-1960
Notes:
In Box 1, Folder 49, Hotels series.
From the acknowledgment page: "This is Volume II of IMPROVISATIONS. IMPROVISATIONS was first conceived in 1950 from an idea by Julio de Diego as a medium for advertisers in sympathy with the ideals of Artists Equity Association. As in IMPROVISATIONS 1950, the member-artists who illustrated this journal were selected by the advertisers and were given complete freedom of expression. Each page was designed by the artist directly on the litho plate, thus making this a collection of original lithographs."
Summary:
An artist's book with a spiral plastic binding, composed of original lithographs, most of them serving as advertisements. Participating artists include Milton Avery, T. Lux Feininger, Chaim Gross, Hans Hofmann, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, Raphael Soyer, and Max Weber. Of special interest are a Maidenform brassiere ad by Harry Sternberg; a nude female figure with a 19th century camera for Pagano photographs and illustrations, and the Danby Furniture Co. by Helen Ratkai; etc.
Cite as:
Hotels series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1724-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Masquerades
Artists' books
Nude in art
Cameras
Local number:
AC0060-0000375-01.tif - AC0060-0000375-59.tif (AC Scan Nos.)
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1724-1977
Hotels series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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