Ivan Chermayeff (b. 1932)

Ninja

1993

Collage
30-1/4 x 22-1/2 inches, 76.8 x 57.2 cm

The model of a contemporary designer, whose work has always struck me as unusually direct and unsentimental, Chermayeff is the quintessential businessman's designer. The many famous logos designed by his firm, Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. - most notably the symbols for Mobil and Chase Manhattan Bank - are household images. But as an illustrator and an artist there is something else at play. Here we find a deep understanding and respect for the tradition in which he works, coupled with the unselfconscious ability to pay that tradition homage. Ivan Chermayeff’s art is profound, witty and captivating. - David C. Levy


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