Modernism USA, 2010 - Paula Scher
About the Work
About Modernism USA
Intrigued by cartography and its susceptibility to distortion, Paula Scher uses geography and architecture to exhibit her ability as a graphic designer to control and convey information. Modernism USA is a silkscreen illustration depicting an abstracted image of the United ...Read More
Intrigued by cartography and its susceptibility to distortion, Paula Scher uses geography and architecture to exhibit her ability as a graphic designer to control and convey information. Modernism USA is a silkscreen illustration depicting an abstracted image of the United States, rendered through a minimalist visual vocabulary. Scher layers the outlines of the Philip Johnson Glass House and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in varying scales to construct the geographic contour of the country.Read Less
About the Artist
About Paula Scher
Deeply influenced by and responsive to her surroundings, Scher's designs are charged with energy, reflecting the dense cacophony and diverse environment of New York City. Described as the "master conjurer of the instantly familiar," Scher straddles the line between pop culture and fine art. She relies on letterforms while simultaneously valuing the craft of painting and the irreplaceable quality of the handmade; in addition to her well-known work as an illustrator and designer, she has also created a series of large-scale paintings depicting maps with hand-drawn boundary lines and place names. Making noise with her particular mark on typography, she takes hold of her visual medium to create rhythm and affect the other senses.
A member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and the Alliance Graphique Internationale, Scher has received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal as well as the Type Directors Club Medal. Having held the position of art director for CBS and becoming a partner in iconic design firm Pentagram in 1991, Scher has created graphic identities for companies such as Citibank and Tiffany & Co.
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