Fri, Apr 15 – 2016
Recognized for her visionary work as an art director, for fostering emerging creative talent, and for her commitment to bridging the gap between art and commerce through design.
As co-art director of Harper’s Bazaar in the ’60s, art director of The New York Times Magazine in the ’70s, and creative director overseeing the reinvention of Vanity Fair in the ’80s, Ruth Ansel not only injected the glossy publishing industry with some rock ‘n’ roll flair, she showed us how magazines, at their best, are a vital visual record, a time stamp for an entire age. “Magazines give you an idea of what it was like to be alive at a certain time,” she says.
Ansel developed a seemingly simple formula for success: work with the best people, carve out room for white space, and then get out of the way. At Bazaar she worked with Andy Warhol and with Richard Avedon from the ’60s until his death in 2004. The ’60s also saw her side by side with photographers Melvin Sokolsky, Hiro, and Diane Arbus; in the ’70s, Sebastião Salgado, Bill King, and illustrators Roger Law and Ed Sorel; then Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, and Bruce Weber in the ’80s; and Tim Walker in 2012 and onward.
Fri April 15, 2016 - 07:30PM