posterHere’s something that lovers of graphic design won’t want to miss: The work of Alan Peckolick, a trailblazer in the “expressive typography” movement, will soon be on display at The Gallery at Hillside Square, starting with a reception on Friday evening.

Peckolick, who has been called “the father of conceptual typography” by the noted design critic and historian Steven Heller, rejected the static, stiff standard, and replaced it with type and graphics that almost appeared animated. In the 1960’s, he was among the first to see the possibilities for the transformation of printing technology when lettering and typesetting were freed from the constraints of typography based on metal templates.


The Bronx-born commercial artist’s projects have included logo designs and packaging for a wide range of organizations, such as New York University, Revlon, Sony, Pfizer, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, and AT&T.

Hard core fans will appreciate Peckolick’s recent book, “Teaching Type To Talk.” It’s filled with bold, full and double-page color photos of his distinctive work.

Alan Peckolick art opening: “Mixed Messages”

Where: The Gallery at Hillside Square, 8 Hillside Avenue, Montclair.

Reception: Friday, November 1st, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Exhibit ends: February 14, 2014.

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