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The Clifford Ara Condak Collection

Clifford Ara Condak was born in Havervill, Massachusetts in 1930. In high school he took art classes at Pratt Institute and the Museum of Modern Art School. Winning two scholarships, he attended the Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences of the State University of New York, where he majored in advertising art.

He worked in various advertising agencies as an illustrator-designer. In 1958 he began his freelance career. His first illustrations were done For Gentleman's Quarterly and Nugget magazine, followed by work for Escapade, Esquire, Seventeen, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, New American Library, Ballantine Books, and various advertisers. He also created many album covers for classical recordings.

For several years, Condak exhibited his paintings and had numerous one-man shows including a large mural entitled "The 40s War" consisting of 18 panels, 16 of which have survived and are in our collection. He also taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. In the 1970's he contributed works to the series "America an Illustrated Diary of Its Most Exciting Years. " Many of these works are unique collages of photographs and artwork.

The collection includes original artwork, album cover proofs, tearsheets and related printed material.

Source: Reed, Walt, and Society of Illustrators. The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. [3rd] ed. New York: The Society of Illustrators : Distributed by Watson-Guptill, 2001. Page 370

Selected Collections: Charles Craver | Al Parker | Robert Weaver | Robert Andrew Parker | Jack Unruh | Clifford Ara Condak | Harper's Weekly and The Century