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Review: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

Smitten with its subject, with good reason.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 24, 2009
3.0 3.0 Stars

MILTON GLASER: Extreme hagiography, but what was the alternative?

In Wendy Keys's extreme hagiography, nobody on earth seems to have a bad word about graphic designer Milton Glaser, either his art or his person. Maybe there are reasons.

Glaser is, beyond argument, a prolific postmodern genius, the co-founder and designer of New York magazine. (He's also famous for creating the "I Love NY" campaign, and for his iconic '60s Dylan poster, folk-rocking Bob with a multi-colored rainbow of spaghetti hair.) And he does seem an awfully nice, regular guy, everyone's Jewish Uncle Miltie.

It's great fun to watch him walk about the Big Apple expressing his enthusiasms, whether for Renaissance art or cheap Chinese food. Maybe Keys made the proper choice to be so smitten, and to tell Glaser's story in a way as straightforward and unpretentious as its charmed subject.

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