Showing items from the Seymour Chwast Collection
02 Jul

Seymour Chwast for Pepsi

Chwast’s can for Diet Pepsi for the Christmas season integrated their 1986-1991 logo into Santa’s spectacles. As you can see in this photo, the rims of the glasses were left unpainted shiny aluminum to highlight the logo—the background behind Santa was also a checkerboard of white and silver. (Click through for full frame.)

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05 Jun

Chwast’s irrational fears

Seymour Chwast’s series of irrational fears for Strathmore Paper.

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25 Jun 2013

Candy men

Fanciful candy packaging for Audience magazine.

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10 Apr 2013

Push Pin & Pop

Some ephemeral points of comparison between the work of Seymour Chwast and Andy Warhol.

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20 Feb 2013

Cameo gallery

Seymour Chwast Collection: Series 5, Item E33. Photograph by Carl Fischer.

In 1995, the Cooper Union celebrated the 40th anniversary of Pushpin Studios with an exhibition and special sale of drawings and paintings by the three founders, pictured above: Seymour Chwast, Edward Sorel, and Milton Glaser; along with works by John Alcorn, Sam Antupit, Michael Aron, Vincent Ceci, Paul Davis, George Leavitt, Tim Lewis, Jim McMullan, Reynold Ruffins, Jerold Smokler, Richard Mantel, “and others.” This reminded me of another similar device that captured a group that is also heavily represented by the Archive.

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03 Jan 2013

Push Pin and the P-Head

From the Push Pin Slide Collection: what appears to be a study for an alphabet based on the 1971 PBS identity designed by Lubalin Studio.

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27 Sep 2012

Metropolitan Printing in Push Pin Graphic

One regular advertiser in the Push Pin Graphic was Metropolitan Printing.

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14 Sep 2012

Paris in your pocket

Seymour Chwast’s designs for Bic Parfum.

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09 Jul 2012

Master strokes

Seymour Chwast’s intricate composition of his illustrations.

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19 Jun 2012

Seymour Chwast for Topps

Seymour Chwast takes on Bazooka Joe.

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18 May 2012

Chwast does cigs

Seymour Chwast Collection, from the Pushpin Slide Directory. n.d.

Another obscure, undated bit of imagery from the Pushpin slide library. Seymour Chwast’s contribution to the legacy of Roth-Händle cigarettes, probably for Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung. He’s in good company: Robert Motherwell did a collage of the same, and, more pertinent certainly, many famous posters for the brand were designed by the great early twentieth-century designer Herbert Leupin. Note: despite the preponderance of smoking-related imagery we’ve been posting lately, Container List does not condone the practice, which doesn’t make you look cool unless you’re already Humphrey Bogart. Kids, it’s just NOT archival.

06 Apr 2012

The hard stuff

And now, the companion piece to the Pushpin beers post. “Any port in a storm.”

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07 Feb 2012

Effervescent packaging by Seymour Chwast

A short tour of Seymour Chwast’s designs for beer and soda packaging.

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06 Sep 2011

Bob + Joan

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, 1964. Image courtesy of the SVA Picture Collection

Bob Dylan’s brief relationship with Joan Baez was exhaustively documented, but we get interested when that affair highlighted the work of Push Pin Studios. In 1964, Dylan and Baez were photographed at Newark Airport in front of Seymour Chwast’s poster for Booth’s Gin: an incongruous, but not surprising, image of two icons flanking a countercultural message from a corporate advertiser.

10 Jun 2011

Seymour Chwast keeps it cool

Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Original Art. Box 1, Item O4. (Marked “Neisser rand darf beschnitfen werdfin.”) Marker on paper (mounted), 20 × 24 in.

Here in New York we’re struggling through a heatwave. Perhaps a good course of action for those lucky enough to reside in air-conditioned high-rise Soho lofts is to keep it cool by lounging about with bright furniture, like the sporty cat in this illustration by Seymour Chwast (undated, but probably for the Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung).