PM: An Intimate Journal for Production Managers, Art Directors and their Associates, Vol. IV, No. 7, June–July, 1938. PM Publishing Co., New York. 5.375 x 7.875, pp. 76. Cover design by Peter Piening. PM (later called A-D for art director) was America's leading trade journal exhibiting ambitious work and Modern sensibilities from influential practitioners between 1934–42.
Piening studied at the Bauhaus, Dessau from 1926–28 before arriving in New York City in 1934. His celebrated cover is proof of an original and inventive method of design expression; referencing Surrealist and Constructivist influences. This notable issue includes a 32-page, two-color insert titled “The Bauhaus Tradition and the New Typography” by L. Sandusky. It was the first survey of Bauhaus thinking in an American periodical and featured the work of avant-gardes, recent émigrés and American Modernists all selected by Sandusky and Lester Beall, who also designed the interior pages. The text is illustrated with works by: Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich, Lissitzky, Gropius, Moholy-Nagy, Marinetti, Zdanevich, Teige, Tschichold, Renner, Bayer, Piening, Beall and others.
A very good, original vintage journal with moderate foxing and soiling to the white covers; more pronounced on the back. Interior pages are still bright and well preserved.