Chermayeff, Ivan: NAPOLI [Poster]. Lissone, Italy: Arti Grafiche Meroni, [1984].

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Ivan Chermayeff [Designer]

Ivan Chermayeff [Design]: NAPOLI. Lissone, Italy: Arti Grafiche Meroni , [1984]. Original impression. 26.75 x 39 - inch [67.945 x 99.06 cm] trim size image printed via offset lithography on a semi-gloss sheet. A fine, fresh example.

26.75 x 39 - inch [67.945 x 99.06 cm] poster designed by Ivan Chermayeff: “A poster commissioned by Napoli ’99 Foundation as a contribution towards the cultural image of the city.”

The Naples NinetyNine Foundation sponsored a series of 25 posters from 1984 – 1986 with the primary objective of contributing to the knowledge, promotion and enhancement of cultural heritage of Naples and Southern Italy.

The 25 participating designers were Walter Allner, Stuart B. Ash, Saul Bass, Bruce Blackburn, Pierluigi Cerri, Ivan Chermayeff, Giulio Confalonieri, Heinz Edelmann, Gene Federico, Alan Fletcher, Jean-Michel Folon, André François, Milton Glaser, Tomás Gonda, F H K Henrion, David Hillman, Takenobu Igarashi, Mervyn Kurlansky, Italo Lupi, John Mcconnell, Armando Milani, Art Paul, Tullio Pericoli, Arnold Schwartzman, and Massimo Vignelli.

Their interpretations of the city cover a wide range of themes: architecture, poetry, music, the earthquake, pollution, Vesuvius. The 25 posters have been exhibited in Naples, Rome, Los Angeles, Dundee, and Lahti. The project won the award for the best social graphics at the 1987 Lahden Biennal Exhibition. Collect them all!

When Ivan Chermayeff arrived at Harvard in the early 1950’s he presented the Dean of Undergraduate Studies with an unusual request. Rather than majoring in any particular subject, Chermayeff wanted to major in professors. A man of obvious perception, the Dean gave his approval. As a result, Chermayeff’s program of study was a crazy-quilt of courses, semantics and anthropology and history and what-have-you, but each course was taught by an interesting, exciting or provocative professor. Here is an early clue to what Chermayeff himself calls his “pack rat” personality, what writer and editor Russell Lynes more charitably calls his “magpie” approach to life. His partner Tom Geismar sees him from quite another angle: “Ivan combines the sensitivities of the artist with the decisiveness of the corporation executive. This unusual combination is fueled by an extraordinary energy level.”

Ivan Chermayeff’s work as a designer, painter, and illustrator has been exhibited throughout the U. S., Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Japan, and has received numerous awards from the Type Directors Club, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society of Illustrators, and the Art Directors Club of New York. In 1981, Chermayeff received the President’s Fellow Award from the Rhode Island School of Design and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Portland School of Arts. He was named to the Art Directors Club of New York Hall of Fame in 1982.

In 1991, Chermayeff received a Doctorate in Fine Arts (Honorary) from both the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) and The University of the Arts (Philadelphia).  Chermayeff has received the title Royal Designer for Industry from the British Royal Society of Arts and Commerce (RDI Hon) in recognition of his achievements in graphic design.

Ivan Chermayeff is a past president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and former vice president of the Yale Arts Association. He was a trustee of The Museum of Modern Art in New York for 20 years and was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Design Conference in Aspen from 1967 to 1998. He also has been a National Trustee of the Smithsonian Institution.

Chermayeff is a principal with Tom Geismar and Sagi Haviv in their firm, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, specializing in identity design, exhibition design, motion graphics, and art in architecture.