Cliff Condak Collection Now Available

The Cliff Condak Collection has been processed and the finding aid is now available to browse online.

Here are some images from the collection.

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From America: an Illustrated Diary of its Most Exciting Years.
Vol. 6 “The Evolution of the Soda Fountain,” 1973

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Untitled Sketch, possibly Daniel Barenboim

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Unidentified Mixed-Media

CLIFFORD ARA CONDAK (1930-1985) began attending art classes at Pratt Institute and the Museum of Modern Art School while still in high school, Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Condak won two art scholarships, and was a graduate of the Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences of the State University of New York, having majored in advertising art.

During two years’ service with the U.S. Army in Austria, he studied painting at the Salzburg Museum. Upon returning to the U.S., he attended classes at the Art Students League under Howard Trafton, and later, studied at the New School in New York with Alexy Brodovitch.

Meanwhile, he was working in various advertising agencies as an illustrator-designer. In 1958, after a year’s leave for further study in Florence, Italy, 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.

For several years, Condak exhibited his paintings and had numerous one-man shows. He also taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design.

From: 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

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.