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Book Cover, Jazz Cleopatra

This is a Book cover. It is dated 1989 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Graphic designer Carin Goldberg has created hundreds of innovative book cover designs, including this cover for the first edition of Jazz Cleopatra, a biography of Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker. Goldberg reproduces George Hoyningen-Huene’s famous portrait of Baker, portraying her as a dramatically lit statuesque nude. Channeling the style of the period, Goldberg’s stylized block lettering recalls the geometric forms of Art Deco and the New Typography of the late 1920s.

It is credited Gift of Steven Heller.

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Poster (USA)
  • offset lithograph on cream paper.
  • Gift of Marion S. Rand.
  • 2002-11-24

Its dimensions are

24.1 × 19.5 cm (9 1/2 × 7 11/16 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black and purple text, upper center: JAZZ CLEOPATRA / JOSEPHINE BAKER / IN HER TIME; in black and purple text, lower center: PHYLLIS ROSE / AUTHOR OF PARALLEL LIVES; in black and purple text, vertically, upper spine: JAZZ CLEOPATRA / JOSEPHINE BAKER / IN HER TIME; in purple text, lower spine: PHYLLIS ROSE

Cite this object as

Book Cover, Jazz Cleopatra; USA; lithograph on paper; 24.1 × 19.5 cm (9 1/2 × 7 11/16 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.); Gift of Steven Heller; 1996-74-104

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Esperanza Spalding Selects.

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