Drawing, Design for Manhattan Records Label
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Paula Scher. It is dated ca. 1984 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is pen and red, black ink, color pencil, red marking pen, collage on tracing paper mounted on board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Scher’s inspiration for this record label came from Piet Mondrian’s celebrated 1942–43 painting Broadway Boogie Woogie, a square canvas covered in an irregular grid of primary colors—a response to the street grid of Manhattan and the syncopated beats of jazz music. In this working drawing, the designer calls out the PMS (Pantone Matching System) numbers for each color.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Paula Scher.
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Its dimensions are
20.5 x 21.2 cm (8 1/16 x 8 3/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for Manhattan Records Label; Designed by Paula Scher (American, b. 1948); USA; pen and red, black ink, color pencil, red marking pen, collage on tracing paper mounted on board; 20.5 x 21.2 cm (8 1/16 x 8 3/8 in.); Gift of Paula Scher; 1996-88-6
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.