Aspen 1966 Design Conference

Accession Number

Aspen 1966 Design Conference

Paul Rand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
offset lithograph on paper

24 in x 30 in (60.96 cm x 76.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo and Maria Phillips

Subject matter
The Aspen International Design Conference brought together leaders in business and design to discuss the ways they could mutually benefit each other. The theme of the 1966 conference was “Sources and Resources of 20th Century Design.” The theme is complemented by the image of an egg, because eggs are symbolic of the beginning of life, or the source for life. Rand’s addition of paint splatters perhaps references Pollack and Abstract Expressionism. The dynamism of the splatters is juxtaposed with the latent potential of the egg, reflecting different design approaches and products.

EC 2017

Physical Description
A graphic featuring a white egg shape against an orange-red background, with large dots of black splattered across it. The left 5th of the sheet is white, with text related to the International Design Conference in Aspen appearing in the top left.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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eggs (biological bodies)
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