Mac Conner: A New York Life

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Mac Conner
Museum of the City of New York

Time Out says

A Truman-hued slice of atomic-age Americana from the original Mad Man

Touted as one of the real-life Mad Men, Mac Conner was an illustrator in the 1950s heyday of New York's Madison Avenue, home to the USA's advertising industry. He produced hundreds of brilliant and characterful artworks for ads, books and magazines, combining his love for Norman Rockwell all-Americana and the bumptious glossiness of the parents of the baby boomers. This is the first exhibition of his work in the UK, and it's great stuff. Even cooler, Conner is still alive, living in Manhattan at the age of 101 – proof that a lifestyle of Wild Turkey, corktipped fags and pale-grey suits need not result in a premature demise, if you know what you're doing.

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