Obituary: Walter Landor

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The Independent Online
May I add to the obituary of Walter Landor [by Rodney McKnew, 23 June]? writes Hassel Smith.

It may be of interest to note that in the late 1940s Landor was invited by Douglas Macagy, the then director, to join the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). The resident staff included Clyfford Still and Ansel Adams. At various times and for various periods they were joined by Mark Rothko, Evsa and Lizette Model, Ad Reinhardt, William Stanley Hayter, Jean Varda, Richard Diebenkorn and others, all of whom achieved prominence in subsequent years, as indeed did many of their students.

Landor conducted a class in creative packaging, a field in which he was all his long career a world leader. He was entirely at home among this famous faculty and in an institution based on the Art and Design model inspired by the Bauhaus.