Thursday, January 9, 2020

Aretha Franklin by Milton Glaser

Recently, I acquired this Milton Glaser poster created for the November 1968 issue of the youth culture-focused Eye Magazine.

Eye Magazine only put out a total of 15 issues over its yearlong existence. The other artists featured on its poster inserts included Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles.

The National Portrait Gallery acquired an copy in 2011. It comes with a set of original instructions for removing it from the magazine, aimed at the magazine’s teenage readership (“tear carefully along the perforated line”).

Aretha Franklin posed with her portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in 2015.


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