In 1975, the young artist’s poster for “Phantom of the Paradise” was included in the landmark Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Art exhibition, Images of an Era: The American Poster 1945-1975. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue raisonne delineated and defined the graphic arts as an uniquely American fine art. To view the catalogue now is to witness the emergence and confirmation of many of the great artists of the post-war American era.
Alvin toiled in the murky and turbulent waters of the movie industry. He liked to say that the right hand never knew what the left hand was doing and even worse, the right hand didn’t care if it knew or not. After a career that included creating the visual campaigns for more top ten grossing and top ten most popular (per Entertainment Weekly) movies of the 20th century, Alvin and his incredibly talented wife, Andrea moved to upstate New York to be closer to their daughter, the Broadway star and amazing singer, Farah. He spent the last years of his life creating art for exhibitions in art galleries around the country and occasionally consulting on projects for films.
The intervening year since his death has moved by quickly (and amazingly slowly) and the loss is still greatly felt by his friends who knew and loved him.