Milton Glaser: Hugh Masekela, 1967

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Original poster from the Milton Glaser Archive. Glaser designed this poster to promote a performance by South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, at Lincoln Center in 1967. Known as the Father of South African Jazz, Hugh Masekela became an international sensation when his song “Grazing in the Grass” became a Billboard no. 1 hit in 1968. In this two-color poster (the brown is created by overlapping the red and the green), Glaser fills Masekela's body with a pattern that resembles traditional South African shweshwe fabric. The poster also features Baby Teeth Baroque, a rare variant of Glaser’s Baby Teeth typeface, in which curved notches are used within the letters. This subtle graphic element was meant to echo Masekela’s smile.

Milton Glaser (1929–2020) co-founded Push Pin Studios with Seymour Chwast in 1954 and New York magazine with Clay Felker in 1968. From his psychedelic silhouette of Bob Dylan, to the I Love New York logo, Milton’s works have been pivotal in defining American visual culture.

Printed in 1967. Measures 38 x 23.5 inches. Ships rolled. 

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