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Julius Friedman died on Sunday, July 16, 2017 after battling leukemia. Expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be made to the Julius Friedman Foundation.

Julius Friedman was a graphic designer, photographer, artist, and owner of the design firm Images, which specializes in cultural, nonprofit, and corporate design.

His work has been featured in the following periodicals and publications: Communication Art; Print Magazine; Art Direction; STA 100 Show; Graphis; Idea Magazine (Japan); Printers Industry of America; Photo Design; Kodak’s International Photography Magazine; Nikon World; Letterheads: A Collection from Around the World; American Photography; World Graphic Design; Now, The Language of Visual Art (Holt, Rinehart & Winston); Creative Typography (Phaidon Press); How Magazine; Typography: The Annual of the Type Directors Club; Great Ideas by Charles Helmken; Print’s Best Letterheads and Business Cards; Mead Top 60 Show; Simpson Printed Papers Awards; James Rivers the Best; and B&W Photo magazine.

Public Works, a book of posters by Julius Friedman and Nathan Felde, was published in 1980 by Hawley Cooke and Orr. Images and Ideas: Julius Friedman, a 256 page book, was published in 2008 by Butler Books. The Book was published by Old Stone Press in 2016.

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; in a one-person show at the National Museum of Poster Art, Poland; the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York; the Speed Art Museum, Louisville; the Ryder Gallery, Chicago; the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Cincinnati; Turman Gallery, Terre Haute; in the collection of Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville; Art Museum Association, American Design Center, Chicago; Marshall University, West Virginia; University & College Designers Association, Chicago; the McDonough Museum of Art; Garanti Galleri, Istanbul; and New York Art Directors Show, New York. KET, the Kentucky public television network, has featured a segment on Friedman and his work. One of Friedman’s posters was included in the exhibition American Posters in the 20th Century, curated by J.Stewart Johnson of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition was held at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and Kyoto and included 213 posters from the museum’s permanent collection to illustrate the American poster as an art form. One of his posters was selected for the UNESCO International Poster Exhibition held in Paris and San Francisco, and another was chosen for The Graphic Imperative Show, 1965 2005, a traveling international poster show for peace, social justice, and the environment. He has a fifty-year retrospective of his work at The Frazier History Museum in 2016 consisting of 230 posters, a new film, and two installations.

Friedman was selected by the Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan to create work for inclusion in an exhibition of 100 posters advocating peace. This exhibition was presented to the government of Japan on August 6, 1985, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and was held at the Hiroshima Museum of Art. Charles Michael Helmken of the Washington, DC, Shoshin Society chose Friedman as one of 100 American and Korean artists to create a poster for the book Images for Survival to further the understanding and prevention of AIDS.

Friedman’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the National Museum of Poster Art, Warsaw, Poland; the Dansk Plakamuseum, Aarhous, Denmark; the Brown-Forman Corporation; 21C museum; NTS Corporation; the Marriott Hotel Corporation; and PNC Bank. They also are held in the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library at the University of Louisville, and The Frazier Museum.

Friedman has lectured extensively throughout the country, including at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts.

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