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The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to Presentby Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak
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Maurice Sendak is one of most admired artists in children's literature. His uniquely expressive illustrations, which bring to life a world of fantasy and imagination, have won him the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Caldecott Medal, and most recently the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature in 2003. Picking up where Selma Lanes's earlier, landmark monograph, The Art of Maurice Sendak, left off, this new book traces Sendak's life and work from 1980 to the present, representing two decades filled with projects inside and outside the children's book arena. This strikingly designed volume is overflowing with hundreds of wonderful Sendak illustrations: sketches and final art for opera, ballet, and theater productions, as well as children's books, adult book jackets, posters, and CD covers. An extended essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, a friend of the artist, provides an intimate view of Sendak. With an insider's perspective, Kushner not only gives us a chronological overview of Sendak's work, but also allows us to see him as an accomplished author and artist redefining his legacy, and as a man coming to terms with himself. This survey will only add to our understanding and appreciation of this multitalented artist, whose creative endeavors are among the most inventive and treasured of our time.
"This elegant volume...is an enthusiastic celebration of the artist's work by an award-winning playwright and personal friend of Sendak." Publishers Weekly
Kushner traces Sendak's celebrated art featured in children's and adult books from 1980 to present and includes illustrations, sketches, book jackets, posters, CD covers, and theatrical production works.
This volume picks up where Selma Lanes' monograph "The Art of Maurice Sendak", published in 1980, left off, tracing Sendak's life and work from 1980 to 2003. An extended essay by playwright Tony Kushner, a long-time friend of Sendak's provides an intimate view of the artist.
The preeminent childrenand#8217;s book artist of the twentieth century, Maurice Sendak and his sixty-year career are celebrated in this full-color catalog ofand#160;more thanand#160;two hundredand#160;images being exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York City from June 11and#150;August 17, 2013. Accompanied by twelve essays by such noted scholars and historians as Leonard S. Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work showcases the collection of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, prominent authorities on Sendakand#8217;s artwork, and is a deeply personal and thoughtful tribute to a seminal artist whose singular vision has captured the imaginations of countless children and grown-ups throughout the world.
Praise for Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work
and#147;A must-have for Sendak fans.and#8221; and#151;BookPage.com
Includes bibliographical references (p. 218) and index.
About the Author
Tony Kushner is one of America's most lauded playwrights. His Broadway production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes received a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, the New York Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and the LAMDA Literary Award for Drama. In 1998, London's National Theatre selected Angels in America as one of the best plays of the 20th century.
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