I am a great admirer of Milton Glaser’s work. He is a true inspiration to me, and has produced some fantastic works for many different clients. His services are so sought after that he doesn’t need to look for work, work finds him. This is the stage of designer i want to become, world recognised work. So during my dissertation, i have taken to try and look at how Glaser references other artists and designers in his own work. For this I need to research him as a designer and look at his life.
I have found many books on the great man and many websites. I have researched a brief background from this website http://www.areaofdesign.com/americanicons/glaser.htm.
Looking through some of his work, it is clear that referencing is a major part of it. Glasers dylan poster is a prime example. A picture of bob dylan that he has adapted into his own style, but so much so that the image is only recognisable because of the profile of the man.
After stumbling through online research, i have come across an interesting piece written by Milton on Shepard Fairey. Milton challenges a very well know piece of ‘art’ by Fairey, saying he has plagiarised the original image. The article I found at this website: http://www.printmag.com/design_articles/MiltonGlaseronShepardFairey/tabid/492/Default.aspx
The debate was sparked from the Barack Obama picture/poster creation. Had Fairey changed the original image enough to call the new piece his own, original work.
When looking at a piece such as this, it is hard not to look back at an artist of equal calibre, Andy Warhol. His work, much in the same way as Fairey’s, uses images and changes them ever so slightly. His Monroe image even more so because all he added was colour. This begs the question, does the time of these two pieces affect how they are received in the art community? Why was it so acceptable for Warhol to, possibly, plagiarise and not for Fairey? When clearly Fairey has changed the original image more than Warhol. This is an interesting point that the dissertation can look more in depth into.