George Lois: The Esquire Covers at MoMA

‘George Lois: The Esquire Covers’ is currently on exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.  George Lois was Art Director for Esquire Magazine from 1962-1972, and although the exhibit is small it packs a heavy punch.  Lois changed the face of magazine cover design with visually striking images and simple layout, covering politically controversial topics such as race, gender, and the war in Vietnam.  Included in the exhibit are seven original artworks paired with copies of the final covers, a display case with negatives and contact sheets from the April, 1968 issue featuring Muhammed Ali, and 24 covers spanning the decade Lois worked for the magazine.  The exhibit is up until until March 30, 2009.

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