Jun 18, 2020 - Sale 2538

Sale 2538 - Lot 157

Price Realized: $ 1,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
56x41 inches, 142 1/4x104 cm. Screen Print Diversified.
Condition B+: small losses, tears and creases at edges; small pin holes in corners. Silkscreen. Paper.
Massey was a designer and art director who began working for the graphic-forward Container Corporation of America in 1957, eventually becoming that company's director of design and advertising. He went on to form his own company, a subsidiary of CCA, called the Center for Advanced Research in Design (CARD). "His work is precise, yet emotional. Geometric, yet spiritual. Mathematical, but still feeling" (Graphis 135, vol 24, p. 10). "It was after a trip to Europe on which he had been impressed by the civic graphics of Zurich and other cities that John Massey conceived the idea of a planned civic graphics programme for Chicago . . . America's first civic cultural communications programme seeks to express through graphic design the virtues and diversity of the city's cultural life" (ibid. p. 14). Graphis 135, vol 24, p. 14.