Former New York Times art director to speak on personal strife and storytelling

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 14, 2014) – Los Angeles-based artist and former art director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times will speak at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Dahl Arts Center for the American Advertising Federation-Black Hills’ April luncheon.

His work can be seen each Sunday in the New York Times “Modern Love” column and in recent collaborations with Malcolm Gladwell, the Milan fashion house Marni and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.

Rea will speak about storytelling as it relates to the larger topic of personal problems – the challenges people hide about their lives and work behind a veil of accomplishment. “Whether it’s our Facebook posts, Instagram feeds or even our websites, they’ll set up to display the cherries,” says Rea. He, however, will discuss the grittier side of his work at the studio, exploring how he draws upon uncomfortable moments to produce his most creative work.

Rea has produced drawings and paintings for books, posters, installations, fashions, firms and clients including Vanity Fair, Time, Kate Spade, Random House, Herman Miller, T Magazine and McSweeneys. Rea’s work has also been exhibited in Mexico City, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Barcelona at the Joan Miró Foundation.


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