Paula Scher  (American) 

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Paula Scher (American, b.1948) is an illustrator, painter, graphic designer, and art educator. Scher was born on October 6, 1948, in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 1970 with a BA, and, after completing her education, she moved to New York City and worked as a layout artist for Random House.

Two years later, she was hired by CBS Records, but she left after a year to pursue a career at Atlantic Records as an art director. Soon after, she returned to CBS and remained there for eight years as the cover department art director; during that time, she designed several hundred album covers. While working at CBS Records, Scher received four Grammy nominations for her designs. She eventually left CBS to pursue her own work, including the development of a typographic solution based on Russian constructivism and Art Deco.

Five years later, she co-founded a design firm with a fellow Tyler graduate, but the studio began to suffer as a result of the recession of the early 1990s, and Scher joined Pentagram in 1991, becoming the first female principal to join the company. The following year, she became an art educator at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and since then, she has received hundreds of design awards. Scher is a recipient of the School of Visual Art's Masters Series Award. She has developed a reputation for her unique large-scale paintings, including her maps.

Scher held her first solo exhibition in 2006 at the Maya Stendhal gallery in New York, NY. Due to the success of the exhibition, the gallery's owner extended the show for an additional four weeks, and to accommodate the extended exhibition, Scher produced silk-screened map prints of cities, states, and continents entitled The World. The following year, she created screen-prints of the NYC Transit. She has also produced limited edition maps of China that represent the rapid economic growth and industry of the country as it attains superpower status. Many of Scher's designs have become synonymous with New York City culture. Scher married Seymour Chwast (American, b.1931) in 1973, but the couple divorced after five years of marriage. They later remarried in 1989.

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Paula Scher, The United States

 

Paula Scher
The United States
2007

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Paula Scher, Manhattan at Night

 

Paula Scher
Manhattan at Night
2008

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Paula Scher, India

 

Paula Scher
India
2010

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Paula Scher, Europe

 

Paula Scher
Europe
2009

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Paula Scher, NYC Transit

 

Paula Scher
NYC Transit
2008

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Paula Scher, Greater Los Angeles

 

Paula Scher
Greater Los Angeles
2005

TAG ARTS
Paula Scher, Modernism USA

 

Paula Scher
Modernism USA
2010

The Glass House
Paula Scher, India

 

Paula Scher
India
2010

David Krut Fine Art
Paula Scher, Europe

 

Paula Scher
Europe
2009

TAG Fine Arts
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Paula Scher, The United States

 

Paula Scher
The United States, 2007
prints and multiples, serigraph / screenprint

 

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Paula Scher, Silent Night

 

Paula Scher
Silent Night
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Paula Scher, India

 

Paula Scher
India, 2010
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  Paula Scher is an artist and designer based in New York.
  Education
  Tyler School of Art, BFA Corcoran College of Art and Design, Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris
2013   Contemporary Cartographies - Lehman College Art Gallery, New York City, NY
2012   London Original Print Fair, with TAG Fine Arts, Royal Academy, London
2011   ‘The Art of Mapping’ curated by TAG Fine Arts, Dover Street, London
2011   London Art Fair, TAG Fine Arts, Islington, London, UK
2007   Paula Scher: Recent Paintings, Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Notes on Utopia, Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Paula Scher: The Maps, Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, NY
2006   “The Daily News,” Boise Art Museum, in Boise, ID
2005   “Noires-Noirs/The Black Show,” Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL
2005   “Community of Artists: 50 Years of The Public Theater,” The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
2005   “Design of Dissent,” Visual Arts Museum at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2005   “Repetitions,” Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, NY
2005   “The Maps: Recent Paintings,” Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   “Collection d’Affiches les Silos, la Maison du Livre et de l’Affiche,” Chaumont, France (solo)
2005   “The Daily News,” Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
2004   “The Daily News,” Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, WY
2004   “Ballpoint,” The Gallery at Pentagram, London
2004   “Pentagram: A World of Typography,” Klingspor-Museum Offenbach, Offenbach am Main, Germany
2004   “Graphic Design of Three Continents,” Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
2004   “National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now,” Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, NY
2002   “What Is Design Today?” The Design Center at Philadelphia University, PA
2002   “US Design,” Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
2002   “US Design 1975-2000,” Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2002   “US Design 1975-2000,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
2002   “The Master Series: Paula Scher,” Visual Arts Museum at the School of Visual Arts, New York (solo)
2002   “Paula Scher,” Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia (solo)
1999   “Type Is Image,” DDD Gallery, Osaka, JapanSelected (solo)