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Milton Glaser: new retrospectives and documentaries

Milton Glaser’s Seeing Things is an exhibition of his drawings, watercolors, prints, giclées, and sketchbooks, and a collection of arts-related posters, all created over a span of 50 years. From May 2 through Sept. 12, 2009 in the Avram Gallery (Stony Brook University.)

Meanwhile, The Drawing is Thinking exhibition presenting 180 selected drawings compiled from Milton’s most recent book of the same title has just closed in Gelerija Vzigalica (The Gallery of the City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia). It was open from May 26 through June 19, 2009. The drawings span over fifty years of work, and are varied in subject matter as well as style. The show is meant to be experienced sequentially, like a melodic line – with each drawing reflecting on what has passed in anticipation of what is to come.

And, even better, there is an upcoming documentary calle To Inform & Delight which will be screened this summer in different venues:

  • June 27: Albuquerque / Guild Cinema
  • July 2: Boston / Mfa Boston
  • July 7: Westhampton / Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
  • Aug 12: Austin / Alamo Drafthouse, Aiga Austin
  • Aug 27: Orange County / Orange County Museum Of Art
  • Aug 27: Atlanta / Aiga Atlanta
The film closed in NYC on June 11, after a three week extension at Cinema Village.

Directed and produced by Wendy Keys; released by Art House Films. Running time: 1 hour 13 minutes. Here is a review in the Tiny mix tape blog.

While you wait your opportunity to watch the documentary, here is a short Youtube video with Glaser and some of his work, called Window inspiration, in which some of the world's leading designers, architects and fine artists are asked for an interpretation of their dream window.

And here is an older lecture on TED (from 1998), called Using design to make ideas new, in which Glaser dives deep into a new painting inspired by Piero della Francesca. From here, he muses on what makes a convincing poster, by breaking down an idea and making it new. You can watch a higher resolution video on the linked page.

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