Winold Reiss's The Librarian print will captivate the eye. The design features a portrait which appeared in the "Harlem" Survey Graphic issue of an elegant modern Black Harlemite. Winold Reiss believed that portraits were windows into the souls of his subjects as well as renderings of their faces and forms. Motivated by his big-hearted humanism, Reiss also loved variety and believed that a full appreciation of the universal could only come about through contact with diversity. After arriving in the United States in 1913, Reiss traveled widely and produced about a thousand portraits during his long and productive career.
Spanning the fields of painting, drawing, graphic design, interior design, and the decorative arts, Winold Reiss brought a European modernist sensibility to the American public via visual culture embedded in daily life. Nowhere was this impact clearer than in his adopted home, New York City, where he emigrated from Germany in 1913. Inspired by New York’s dynamism, vibrant architecture, and diversity, his art was featured in public spaces and popular media across the city. Exhibition on view July 1, 2022 – October 9, 2022.