Meet Massin

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This month Phaidon releases Massin, the celebrated French designer's first comprehensive monograph to be published in English. Robert Massin (b.1925) is considered by many to be the father of "expressive typography," a playful and free-flowing interplay of type, font and imagery , seen, for example, in his groundbreaking work for the The Eugene Ionesco play "The Bald Soprano" ("La Cantatrice Chauve,") originally published in France in 1964 by Gallimard.

The new book, written by Laetitia Wolff, presents a gorgeous survey of nearly 500 images, many pulled from Massin's personal collection and published for the first time. Individual chapters are devoted to Massin's book designs, art direction and use of expressive typography. There's also one that explores his home in Etampes, France, a museum of sorts for his book projects as well as the his fanciful archive of design bric-o-brac.

Those in New York can also see Massin and author Wolff in person tonight from 6 to 8 PM at Parsons The New School for Design, where the pair will be having a conversation about the book. The event is free and open to the public.

Massin: Letters and Images
55 W. 13th St. Lang Student Center
Wed, Nov 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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