Arthur Kraft’s Kansas

The artist Arthur Kraft (1922–1977) was a Kansas City native and, like myself, an alumnus of that city’s Southwest High School. Much of his work was painted in an abstract style which is pretty hard to take seriously these days, but he was also one of the many talented designers employed by the Container Corporation of America in their pioneering and unconventional advertising campaigns of the 1940’s and 50’s, “… intended to differentiate the CCA from its competition through the use of modern art, or, as Elizabeth said “to associate the company with design excellence.”


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