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Book Cover, Jazz Cleopatra

This is a Book cover. We acquired it in 1996. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Graphic designer Carin Goldberg has created hundreds of innovative book cover designs, including this cover for the first edition of Jazz Cleopatra, a biography of Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker. Goldberg reproduces George Hoyningen-Huene’s famous portrait of Baker, portraying her as a dramatically lit statuesque nude. Channeling the style of the period, Goldberg’s stylized block lettering recalls the geometric forms of Art Deco and the New Typography of the late 1920s.

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Book Cover, Jazz Cleopatra; USA; lithograph on paper; 1996-74-104

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Esperanza Spalding Selects.

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