01 Jun

Six ways of looking at a piano

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition folder, 1993.

Ivan Chermayeff frequently uses collage and collections to create texture and dimensionality, continually exploring modernist ideas about bringing process to the forefront. He produced this package of brochures for the Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1993. The piano abstractions are rendered in the form of his trademark torn paper collages – each is playful but instantly recognizable.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1993.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1993.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1993.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1993.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1993.

In 2009, Chermayeff designed the poster for the thirteenth competition, incorporating the work of his old Yale instructor, Josef Albers.

This post also appears on our Picturebox blog.