Barbara Nessim

An Artful Life


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David Galloway


Internationally renowned artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim’s images of female figures, originating in the counterculture of the 1960s, place her in a tradition of American iconography that extends from Norman Rockwell to Keith Haring. A constant innovator, Nessim incorporates fashion, computers, and photography into her popular art. This book captures not only the work-ranging from the sketchbooks that are the wellspring of her art to prominent magazine assignments, such as a Rolling Stone cover of John Lennon, to elaborate large-scale projects-but also the life that carried her from New York’s high bohemia as a young artist to the world of cutting-edge visual journalism.

Praise for Barbara Nessim:

“Women who built careers as illustrators in Mad Men-era New York were few and far between, and one is Barbara Nessim.” -The New York Times

Additional information

Weight 2125 g
Dimensions 36.5 x 31.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 12 April 2013
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 36.5 x 31.2 cm
Weight 2125 g


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David Galloway is an independent curator and author. Contributors include: Christoph Benjamin Schulz, art historian and curator; Anne Telford, founding editor of Communication Arts magazine; Elyssa Dimant, fashion historian; Steven Heller, design critic and historian; Roger Black, pioneering magazine designer; Cynthia Goodman, former director of the IBM Gallery in New York; Douglas Dodds, curator at the V&A; Kiša Lala, curator and essayist; Philip Koether, architect; Gloria Steinem, journalist and activist; and Milton Glaser, graphic designer.