Stephen Mallarmé. Poems. New Directions, 1949

“I often wish that Lustig had chosen to be a painter. It is sad to think that so many of his designs must live in hiding on the sides of books on shelves. I would like to have his beautiful Mallarmé crystal or his Nightwood abstraction on my living room wall. But he was compelled to work in the field he chose because he had had his great vision of a new realm of art, of a wider social role for art, which would bring it closer to each and every one of us, out of the museums into our homes and offices, closer to everything we use and see.”

 

James Laughlin. “The book jackets of Alvin Lustig”. Print Magazine, Oct/Nov 1956