Milton Glaser, a creative giant, sadly left us this past Friday, June 26th at age 91.
The sign on entering his building on East 32nd St. states in a beautiful Spencerian script, “Art is Work”. I believe this was a statement for corporate clients who could afford to pay handsomely for his talents. This was indeed “work” for him, and in turn, his clients deservedly received gold.
No one who is serious about his or her craft goes into it for the money, and this was true for Milt. His true love was his art and posters, neither of which paid very much, especially posters.
He spent the majority of his life loving his craft till the very end; retirement was never an option for him. Milt was truly passionate about what he did and it wasn’t work; it was play.
His creative output was massive, resulting in an average of 40 posters per year; totaling 400 in his career.
At Graphis, Milton had a continuous presence in our past Annuals and magazines and now the latest Issue #364 of the Journal, which fortunately was a gift.
In it, he reveals his philosophies, difficult challenges, greatest achievements, and his definition of success as well as advice for future designers and students.
All of his parting answers to us are thoughtfully expressed, and they deserve to be read in his words.
Significant is a handwritten letter that I had asked Milt to write in a past issue to Claude Monet, his greatest influence and visual mentor as if Claude were alive today. It is respectfully moving.
I had expressed in my letter in this issue that Milt had become a legend in his own time without an attitude.
In his Q&A responses, he never mentioned his endless medals and honors, especially upon gaining national attention for his lifetime achievements when being awarded the 2009 Medal of the Arts from the President of the United States.
This was given to him on February 25th, 2010, at a special ceremony at the White House with Obama placing this medal around his neck.
There is no end here, since the memory of his dedicated life to the love of his craft will inspire us forever. He certainly did this for me. We will always ♥ Milt.
Click here to view the article: Milton Glaser, Decades of Genius: Unparalleled.
Here is a link I was sent to share for an auction of Milton Glaser’s works. Graphis has no affiliation with this auction.