Synopses & Reviews
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 218) and index.
and#160; 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
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About the Author
and#160; JUSTIN G. SCHILLER
is a collector and rare book dealer (Justin G. Schiller Ltd. is the oldest specialist in antiquarian childrenand#8217;s books). He was one of the principal founders of the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1957 (in 1956, at the age of twelve, his collection of L. Frank Baum Oz books went on exhibit at Columbia University for the centenary of the authorand#8217;s birth). Schiller helped finance his college education by issuing rare-book catalogues from his dormitory. In 1964 he was one of two American undergraduates selected for an eight-week Shakespeare symposium at Stratford-on-Avon, graduating the following year with honors in English Renaissance literature. Schiller is the author of a number of journal and magazine articles, including and#147;Sendak All Aroundand#8221; (2003), as well as the catalogue Sendak in Asia
(1996), and the books Realms of Childhood
(1988), Digging for Treasure: An Adventure in Appraising Rare and Collectible Childrenand#8217;s Books
(1998), and Pioneering Collectible Childrenand#8217;s Books
(2002). Since 1967 he has compiled catalogues for various museum exhibitions throughout the United States and the world.
DENNIS M. V. DAVID came to the United States from his native Philippines in 1980 for graduate studies toward a masterand#8217;s degree in biology. Soon after, he was introduced to the world of rare childrenand#8217;s books and Maurice Sendak. He studied paper conservation and restoration, learned how to research and catalogue old books, and ultimately began doing rare-book appraisal. Following the death of Arnold Lobel and evaluating the artwork in his estate, David collaborated with Justin Schiller to create Battledore Ltd. in 1988 as a business promoting illustration art. The 2013 Maurice Sendak exhibition at the Society of Illustrators also celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Battledore.
LEONARD S. MARCUS is among the leading authorities on childrenand#8217;s books and their creators. His own award-winning books include Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make-Believe; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; and Show Me a Story! A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Horn Book Magazine, Marcus is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and teaches a popular course on childr