— The Lustigs: A Cover Story

It seems to be Book Day on the blog today, and one exhibition that I’d have loved to have seen (and have just missed) is ‘The Lustigs: A Cover Story’ at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City and which ended on February 15th.

Alvin Lustig and Elaine Lustig Cohen created a distinctive body of design work that melded the ideas of European modernism with a uniquely American approach to graphic design.


In partnership with the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, AIGA presents “The Lustigs: A Cover Story”—an exhibition which includes nearly 500 of their book, magazine and catalog covers designed and illustrated between 1933 and 1961.


The two worked together after their marriage in 1948, and Elaine Lustig Cohen assumed ownership of Alvin Lustig’s design practice after he passed away, emerging “among her male counterparts as an exemplar of contemporary graphic design and typography.” He was posthumously honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal in 1993, and she was honored with the AIGA Medal in 2011. Although each has been recognized with individual exhibitions, this retrospective is the first in which their work has been shown together.



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