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April 04, 2016

First Look, part 2: James McMullan

An incredible array of new material from James McMullan.

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April 14, 2015

Baader-Meinhof Library Escape

James McMullan’s process is detailed step-by-step, showing exactly how he composed and executed the complicated tableau of the Baader-Meinhof Group’s escape from a Berlin library.

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April 24, 2014

Won’t you be my neighbor

James McMullan is paired with Jane Jacobs for a 1966 issue of the Push Pin Graphic.

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September 29, 2013

First Look: James McMullan

This summer we received a great donation from illustrator, poster designer and long-time SVA faculty member James McMullan.

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September 21, 2013

Go ask Alice

In 1967, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and James McMullan produced psychedelic “travel” posters for an issue of The Push Pin Graphic.

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August 04, 2013

Produce as land mass

We recently received a wonderful donation from James McMullan, and while I was looking for a few things to feature in a sneak peek, I came across this illustration he did for Push Pin of Long Island as a potato.

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July 28, 2013

Presenting… The James McMullan Collection

We recently finished organizing and describing the James McMullan Collection, which was donated by the acclaimed illustrator and designer last year.

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June 15, 2013

Go West

James McMullan did stunning work for the short-lived West magazine.

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June 07, 2013

Borges by McMullan

James McMullan’s watercolor book jackets capture the spirit of Borges.

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April 13, 2013

My ever changing moods

Well before the boom of direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising, highly adventurous drug advertising was aimed almost exclusively at physicians.

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March 02, 2013

Spot on

James McMullan is best known for his gorgeous posters for Lincoln Center theatrical productions, but he applies the same care to his spot illustrations for The New Yorker theater reviews.

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February 20, 2013

Cameo gallery

In 1995, the Cooper Union celebrated the 40th anniversary of Pushpin Studios with an exhibition and special sale of drawings and paintings by the three founders, pictured above: Seymour Chwast, Edward Sorel, and Milton Glaser; along with works by John Alcorn, Sam Antupit, Michael Aron, Vincent Ceci, Paul Davis, George Leavitt, Tim Lewis, Jim McMullan, Reynold Ruffins, Jerold Smokler, Richard Mantel, “and others.” This reminded me of another similar device that captured a group that is also heavily represented by the Archive.

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February 08, 2013

Transparent things

James McMullan illustrated Nabokov’s Transparent Things for Esquire in 1971.

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January 05, 2013

The White Album

James McMullan’s expressive illustrations add layers to Joan Didion’s novelistic essays.

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August 23, 2012

Coming soon: James McMullan at the Visual Arts Gallery

A preview of James McMullan’s upcoming Masters Series show at the Visual Arts Gallery.

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July 25, 2012

Layer upon layer

James McMullan’s layered comic strip illustration.

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January 19, 2012

James McMullan on the grid

James McMullan colors outside the lines of a self-imposed grid.

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March 31, 2011

McMullan at NYPL

Go see James McMullan’s Lincoln Center Theater posters at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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August 09, 2010

PictureBox Alert

In addition to our posts to the new Container List outpost at Dan Nadel’s PictureBox, Dan himself (whom you probably know as the publisher, art director, editor, curator, and writer extraordinaire, and we know as our No. 1 fan) will be be blogging about his favorite items from our collections. Today at PictureBox, James McMullan’s angelically menacing portrait of Charles Manson gets some love from Dan.

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July 08, 2010

McMullan for Caprolan

James McMullan designed and illustrated this piece for Caprolan nylon during his first year at Push Pin; it appeared in the September 7, 1966 issue of Women’s Wear Daily.

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