Anchor book cover, Antonio Frasconi artist, art, Artist Book, book, Caedmon records, culture, Edward Gorey Art Director, folkways alive program and collection, Folkways records, Graphic design, mid century, Moe Asch, Pablo Frasconi, Pininterest, record covers, Stephen Kroninger artist, University of Alberta Canada
Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013) was among the top wood cut artists in the United States from the late 1940’s through the eighties. Of interest is the fact that the typography was done by another artist Edward Gorey who was the art director for Anchor from 1953 to 1960 and illustrated a number of covers himself. He went on and became one of the best known children book artists covered in an earlier post.
In the well known 1994/1995 exhibition catalog A Century of Artist Books edited by Riva Castleman, produced for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NY), we find an artist book by Antonio Frasconi and the commentary below comes from the introductory essay.
There is a lot to be discovered on the internet about Antonio Frasconi, another good site is here on Facebook. The Carle Museum honored the artist with an exhibition about his children’s books in 2010.
The artist Stephen Kroninger devoted a very important post in 2012 to Frasconi’s work with a good number of samples including the fabulous record covers, designed for Caedmon Records like the one below.
Some really interesting Folkways cover art is found in this exhibition. The exhibition site can be searched extensively by designer.