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The Jazz Art of David Stone Martin

Over 100 works by the great jazz illustrator on display at U. of Nebraska Omaha

David Stone Martin exhibit at University of Nebraska - Omaha
Poster for exhibit of David Stone Martin exhibit

“The DSM line” is on display in a big way at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) in honor of jazz appreciation month. A fine, fluid curving stroke that outlines a sloping curlicue-topped, fret board or a the sleek frame of horn player at rest, it is the visual signature of David Stone Martin (DSM), the celebrated illustrator of over 400 jazz album covers between 1940 and the early 1980’s.

The “Jazz Art of David Stone Martin,” a free exhibit showing through May 19th at the school’s Osborne Family Gallery of the Criss Library, features over 100 works by the late artist, whose work is also displayed at the MoMa, the Met, the Art Institute of Chicago (Martin’s alma mater) and the Smithsonian. This is only the second show in history dedicated solely to Martin’s work (the first was last year at Jazz at Lincoln Center). The exhibit features record albums, Downbeat and Time magazine covers, theatrical and political posters and 9 illustrated books, all from the formidable collection of UNO professor emeritus of criminal justice, Samuel Walker.

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