For nearly 20 years between the two world wars, E. McKnight Kauffer, an American, was the most celebrated graphic designer in England.
Emily Mason remembers her mother saying, “I’ll be famous when I’m dead.” Though fame may not be quite secured (yet), the artist’s first-ever monograph acts as bulwark against forgetting her legacy.
The Rizzoli Bookstore is now closed. I was there for the final minutes last Friday, along with the rest of the staff. We stood outside the building on West 57th street drinking champagne, smoking cigarettes, staring at the hired guns sent by the LeFrak family and Vornado Realty to start boarding us up at 7:30pm sharp.
When it emerged a little over a week ago that Rizzoli’s iconic 57th Street store was to be demolished to make way for luxury towers, the inevitable nostalgia was almost immediately tempered by calls for the preservation of the historic structure.