E. MCKNIGHT KAUFFER.
Mark Haworth-Booth: E. MCKNIGHT KAUFFER. A DESIGNER AND HIS PUBLIC. London: Gordon Fraser, 1979. First edition. Octavo. Blue cloth stamped in silver. Printed dust jacket. 136 pp. 57 black and white plates, 18 color plates. Text illustrations. Notes, bibliography, checklist of published works, index. Jacket nicked at spine crown and lightly worn along top edge, otherwise a fine copy.
A DESIGNER AND HIS PUBLIC
8.5 x 12 hardcover book with 136 pages well illustrated in color and black and white with posters, theater designs, book jackets et al., plus a plethora of black and white illustrations in the text. Bibliography. Monograph includes a checklist of Kauffer's published work.
E. McKnight Kauffer (1890 - 1954) was first exposed to modern European Art at the Armory Show (1913) in Chicago. It was after this show that he was sponsored by Professor McKnight of the University of Utah to study painting in Paris. Kauffer took McKnight's name out of gratitude. In 1914, he went to England and remained there until 1940. While in England he made his name as a poster artist. His first commissions were for the London Underground. The publicity manager, Frank Pick was instrumental in distributing the creative and artistic designs by Kauffer. Inspired by the artistic movements of the day, Futurism, Cubism, Art Deco and Surrealism, Kauffer created hundreds of posters for the London Underground, Shell, British Petroleum and Eastman and Sons. He also designed several book jackets and illustrations for the Nonesuch Press and Faber and Guyer. In 1930, he became Art Director of the publishing house Lund & Humphries. In 1937, the Museum of Modern Art held a one man show of his work. He returned to the United States in 1940 and did work for Greek War Relief, the US Treasury, American Airlines, the NY Subway, Alfred A. Knopf, the Container Corporation of America and the New York Times. He received the AIGA medal in 1991.
A sample spread from this volume can be viewed here.
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