The "Nouveau Salon des Cent" portfolio consists of a
hundred posters created by one hundred of the best graphic designers
time, from 24 different countries including China, Japan, Mexico,
Brazil, Zimbabwe, the United-States and most of the European countries,
as a tribute to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, for the Centenary of
death, 1901-2001. Initiated by the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum Partners'
Club. In cooperation with the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum of Albi.
printing was limited to only 380. The posters have been exhibited
in major museums and galleries around the world.
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The Designer - Thomas Geismar
a principal in Chermayeff & Geismar Inc., the firm he founded
with Ivan Chermayeff in 1960, Tom Geismar has been responsible
for the design of over 100 graphic identification programs for
major businesses, including Mobil Oil, Xerox, Burlington, Chase
Manhattan Bank, Best Products, Knoll, Gemini Consulting, PBS and
Univision. He has also developed identification and graphic programs
for many public institutions including The Museum of Modern Art,
The National Park Service, The National Aquarium In Baltimore,
The Tennessee Aquarium, Rockefeller Center, and New York University.
Mr. Geismar has also done extensive work in exhibition design.
Acting as both curator and designer he conceptualised and developed
major installations for the United States government at Expo '70
in Osaka, Japan, 'The Mill' at Burlington House, the Statue of
Liberty Museum and major areas of the Ellis Island Immigration
Museum. Recent projects include the Harry S. Truman Library and
Museum in Independence, Missouri, and major exhibits on Sigmund
Freud and Thomas Jefferson at the Library of Congress. Tom Geismar
was designer/author of an award-winning book on American folk sculpture
'Spiritually Moving', published by Abrams in 1998. 'TM', a showing
ofthe firm's trademarks, was published in 2000.
He has served as Director and Vice President of the American Institute
of Graphic Arts, and is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
He has served as Andrew Carnegie Professor at the Cooper Union
in New York, and as a member of the Yale University Council Committee
for the School of Art and on the Advisory Board of the Department
of Design at Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition, Mr. Geismar was Chairman of the U.S. Department of
Transportation Advisory Committee on transportation related signs
and symbols. Under his leadership a new national system of standardized
symbols was developed. In 1985 his work on the Transportation Advisory
Committee was honoured by President Ronald Reagan who presented
Mr. Geismar with the Presidential Design Award.
Geismar's work has been exhibited throughout the world, and he
has been honoured with numerous awards from all major professional
societies. In 1979, with Ivan Chermayeff, Mr. Geismar received
the American Institute of Graphic Arts highest honour, the Gold
Medal. In 1983 they shared the First International Design Award
from the Japan Design Foundation, and in 1985 they received the
Yale Arts Award Medal in recognition for their outstanding accomplishments
in the arts. Mr. Geismar received an Honorary Doctorate (DFA) from
the Corcoran School of Art in 1995. In 1998 he was inducted into
the Art Directors Hall of Fame.
Tom Geismar concurrently attended the Rhode Island School of Design
and Brown University and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
from Brown. He then attended Yale University, School of Art and
Architecture, where he received a master's degree in graphic design.