Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Ruth Ansel, an art director and designer, has collaborated over four decades with international artists and photographers including Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and David Hockney. She started out as co-art director of Harper’s Bazaar with Bea Feitler in the 1960s...She went on to art direct the New York Times Magazine, House and Garden, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. In the early 1990s she founded Ruth Ansel Design in New York. Notable projects include the film titles for My Dinner with Andre, visual identity graphics for photography dealer James Danziger of Danziger Gallery, and serving as consulting creative director for Mirabella magazine. The studio’s international advertising and design clients have included Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, and Club Monaco. Book projects include A Demand Performance, about Mark Morris and Mikhail Barishnikov, photographed by Annie Leibovitz; The Sixties by Richard Avedon; Women by Annie Leibovitz; a monograph of the work of Peter Beard; and the first major book about the life and work of jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, which is in progress. Among the awards she’s received are the Herb Lubalin Award for Continuing Excellence in the field of Publication Design from The Society of Publication Designers, gold and silver medals from the Art Directors Club of New York, and numerous awards from the AIGA.