debbie millman

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Katharine Umsted: My Best Friend's Art Show

Katharine Umsted
July 27-July 18
Sterling Brands
Empire State Building
by appointment only

Katharine Umsted
written by Cary Leibowitz

Katharine Umsted did not help Madonna with her bustier but she could have-she was too shy and was probably too busy watching Murder She Wrote (besides Madonna didn't want to "push it" enuff.

Katharine Umsted has been making art for 20 years.
Who's afraid of Katharine Umsted?
These scary creepy funny sculptures in the form of head gear are a just another tangent in the artist's body of work.
Katharine Umsted has made sad dolls, big hairdo's (and Don’t's) and glittery cheerleaders.
The Helmets are formal and are sculpture.
Arp and Brancusi are having drinks and run into Nancy Grossman and Niki De Saint Phalle (Richard Serra is at the next table)

Any fashion matriarch will covet them
Any fashionista will encourage them
Any 6 year old girl will make her boy counterparts jealous.
Diana Vreeland and Truman Capote are at serendipity--DO NOT INTERRUPT!


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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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