Seymour Chwast is a designer and illustrator born in 1931 in New York City. An active designer throughout his entire life, Chwast is known for his unique illustrative style, which has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, as well as posters, advertising, and children's books. In his work, Chwast often combines social issues and comical illustrations to create engaging design.
Chwast, along with his Cooper Union schoolmates Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, founded Push Pin Studios in 1954. Though the studio began with freelance work solicited through their Push Pin Almanack publication, they became highly influential in the late 20th century. Pushpin's 1970 retrospective at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs gained international acclaim and was later toured through Europe and Japan. The studio has affected visual media and culture through print, posters, product design, books, and their own publications.
An archive of Chwast's work can be found online through the Seymour Chwast Archive, at http://www.seymourchwastarchive.com/
Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.
All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.
The collection was purchased by the Modern Graphic History Library from Seymour Chwast in 2015
There are several books with Seymour Chwast illustrations at the Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library, as well as the Special Collections at Olin Library. Please reference the WUSTL catalog for specific items. For more information please see http://catalog.wustl.edu/.
Preferred Citation: Seymour Chwast Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections
Finding Aid Revisions: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Noah Jodice in June 2015