BHNY Fine Art


Nathan Gluck (1918-2008)

Nathan Gluck was born in New Jersey in 1918. He studied at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League under Vaclav Vytlacil. After college, Gluck served in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return to the United States, Gluck began a career in advertising. In 1950, he met Andy Warhol through mutual friends. Gluck and Warhol soon began collaborating together, and in 1955, Gluck became Warhol’s full-time assistant during Warhol’s pre-pop period. Gluck and Warhol’s working relationship ended in 1965, when the more conservative Gluck left to continue his pursuits in the commercial arts as Warhol focused on making art at his famous Factory. Gluck worked for a number of years as a freelance designer. His projects included designing a poster for L.Bamberger department store which is now in the Museum of Modern Art Poster Collection and window design for Bonwit Teller and Tiffany. He designed greeting cards for Tiffany, the Museum of Modern Art, Bergdorf Goodman, Georg Jensen, and Nelson Rockefeller. Gluck also designed the April 1954 cover for Fortune magazine. Gluck went on to work for the American Institute of Graphic Artists for over 30 years. His roles there included handling competitions and heading the archive department. He retired in 1995 at the age of 76. Gluck spent the last two decades of his life becoming a prolific collage artist. He died in 2008 in San Diego, CA.