”Art took ordinary pictures and, through inventive design and the addition of illustrative details, made the magazine and its covers innovative and interesting.”

– Hugh Hefner, publisher, editor, business figure, regarding Playboy magazine’s art director and chief illustrator Art Paul (1925-2018)

In addition to designing the look of the magazine, Mr. Paul hired artists to create original paintings and illustrations. He commissioned work from Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, LeRoy Neiman, James Rosenquist and Shel Silverstein, telling them their work should reflect the spirit of the article and should stand alone, without need for captions.

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