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Mad Man

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Mac Conner

Mac Conner

Recently, The Museum of the City of New York acknowledged the man who is thought of as one of the city’s original Mad Men, McCauley “Mac” Conner. He created widely-circulated illustrations from the forties through the sixties, and his work is beautiful, and beautifully evocative. His hand-painted illustrations feel like movie posters from iconic noir films. They speak volumes, and I had a great time trying to figure out what they were advertising. By the sixties, thanks to the prevalence of television, photography started to supplant illustration in print ads, and the whole nature of advertising changed, I think for the worse. Don’t get me wrong. I love photography, but there’s something so personal about these illustrations.

After reading “The New York Times'” article about the retrospective, I was struck by how stunned Mr. Conner was to be the subject of a showing. To be that talented and still not expect any kind of notice is both surprising and kind of sad. I’m just glad someone thought to celebrate his beautiful work.

Mac Conner celebrated his 100th birthday last November, and he’s still going strong. Here’s a video of him discussing his work and his early influences.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Mad Man

  1. Fascinating man, Donna. The first illustration reminded me of Rockwell, so it was interesting to see that he was mentioned as influence. I wonder if the man behind the newspaper is Mac himself. He looks so much like him in that b/w photo shown in the video. I’m especially impressed with the great range of painting styles he possessed. Did you notice how many jealous females seem to appear in them? Wonderful illustrations and post.

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  2. I am particularly fond of that scene inside a subway, where only the woman is a shining light in a sea of grey. Commuting in the dark days of winter creates a kind of empathy with that scene.
    Your blog has exposed me to so much. Thank you. I wouldn’t have found any of it without you.

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  3. the illustrations are georgeous.. and the first one somehow reminds me of breakfast at Tiffany’s(because they sat of the fire escape in a scene)

    x

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  4. A couple of them remind me of Norman Rockwells except more stylish. Very nice.

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