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Designer: Seymour Chawst American

Item: YM. 10

Title: Concerts for Safe Energy

Description: Condition A+ Original poster
Printed in 1979
unbacked, shipped rolled via UPS.
Size:30 in x 45 in
 76.2 x 114.3 cm
Price: $ 200.00 USD

The "No Nukes" Concerts
Nuclear proliferation on both sides of the Cold War raised concerns about our children's future and the safety of our planet. The U.S. and Scandinavia led the way for peace; protest marches were held and speeches were made. Ad-hoc organizations such as Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) did their part by fund-raising. Chwast's design for the group's benefit concerts New Yorkers filled mammoth Madison Square Garden shows a grooved-out Uncle Sam pacifically jamming on an electric guitar.


The No Nukes Concerts

Musicians United for Safe Energy, or MUSE, was an activist group founded in 1979 by Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and John Hall of Orleans. The group advocated against the use of nuclear energy, forming shortly after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in March 1979. MUSE organized a series of five No Nukes concerts held at Madison Square Garden in New York in September 1979. The No Nukes Concerts were the main political effort of MUSE. Other musicians performing at the concerts included Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, James Taylor, Carly Simon, The Doobie Brothers, Jesse Colin Young, Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Petty, and others. The album No Nukes, and a film, also titled No Nukes, were both released to document the performancese.The profits of all this effort went to various anti-nuclear groups.




The Designer - Seymour Chwast

"A beguiling sense of humor underpins Chwast's illustration, and a keen understanding of traditional design governs his method."
(Steven Heller, graphic-design.com)

Seymour Chwast was born in New York City and is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1985 the studio’s name was changed to The Pushpin Group, of which Mr. Chwast is the director.

It would be difficult to imagine contemporary American and European graphic design and illustration without the presence of Seymour Chwast. By the middle of the 1950s, as the Norman Rockwell epoch drew to a close, Chwast was already known for his unique style of illustration. His playful, expressive approach to type and layout was the point of a new design wave based on revivalism—a radical alternative to the Swiss formalism of the time. For over 30 years he has continued to ride above the twists and turns of fashion; today his art is even more energized and varied than when it originally altered a generation's perceptions.

"For some 30 years, Chwast has been known for his unique style of illustration; and a fresh, sometimes playful approach to typography. His social commentary and unique way of combining images and ideas influenced an entire generation of designers and illustrators. The Push Pin Studio produced an award-winning bi-monthly publication, The Push Pin Graphic. Over the years it gained a world-wide reputation for its innovative design and illustration because of Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser. It was the showcase and springboard for many illustrators and designers like David Croland, Michael Hostovich, Jeffrey Krassner, Fred Marshall and Haruo Miyauchi.

From posters to book covers to children's books and advertising design, Chwast has touched on virtually every facet of visual communications. Many 'new' graphics we see today are heavily influenced by Chwast's touch. He's been there -- done that."
(Steven Heller, graphic-design.com)

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