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Paula Scher

China, 2008

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Lot 42
Screenprint in colors on Deluxe Lana Quarelle paper
49.0 x 41.5 in (124.5 x 105.4 cm)
Edition of 90
Signed, dated, and dedicated "For Eric" on recto


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American graphic designer Paula Scher creates works that study the simultaneous distortion and veracity inherent to map making, detailing cities, countries, and even continents in her rich lithographs on paper. Here, she represents a multicolored China with meticulous textual references.

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About Paula Scher

Paula Scher (American, b. 1948) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and painter best known for her innovative work in design. After beginning her career as an art director at Atlantic and CBS Records in the 1970s, Scher moved on to co-found design firm Koppel & Scher with Terry Koppel, eventually becoming a partner at Pentagram, where her bold, typographic style has served clients as iconic as New York’s Public Theater. Though Scher’s work in design and branding is both respected and highly recognizable—she is responsible for the graphic identities of Citibank, Shake Shack, and more—she is equally well-regarded as a fine artist, particularly for her intricate “Maps” series, first begun in the late 1990s.