Ms M (Maira) Makes a Crazy World

 

 
Opening tomorrow (and continuing through June 6) The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of
Pennsylvania presents Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy
World)
, the first major museum survey of the
work of Ms. M’s remarkable, delightful, insightful and crazy world of art. 
 
“An illustrator, author and designer, Kalman
illuminates
contemporary life with a profound sense of joy and unique
sense of humor,” says the ICA. “Like a gift, her work appears to lift the spirits, no
matter how ordinary or overwhelming circumstances may be.” And I second the emotion.
 
This exhibition. which will  travel to Contemporary
Jewish Museum, San Francisco (July 1-October 26, 2010); Skirball Cultural
Center, Los Angeles (November 16, 2010-February 13, 2011); and The
Jewish Museum, New York (March 11-July 31, 2011), features a selection spanning thirty years of original works
on paper and design production, including her photography, embroidery, textiles, and performance. She has created a special installation furnished with chairs, ladders, and “many tables of
many things, including her collection of  fezzes, bobby pins, balls of string, things that
have fallen out of books, lists, and let’s not forget moss. The show reveals her habits as
a collector, traveler, reader, and avid walker. Crazy to be sure, but joyfully so.
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3 thoughts on “Ms M (Maira) Makes a Crazy World

  1. Steven Heller

    plihal: There’s drawing and then there’s drawing. Some of the most expressive artists of the twentieth century were accused of bad draftsmanship, but they had more in their toolkit. Maira’s work was naif on the surface, but his highly sophisticated, beautifully crafted, and remarkably emotive in so many ways. I think drawing is as distinctive as handwriting. Some are technically pristine, some have that individual character.

  2. Steven Heller

    plihal: There’s drawing and then there’s drawing. Some of the most expressive artists of the twentieth century were accused of bad draftsmanship, but they had more in their toolkit. Maira’s work was naif on the surface, but his highly sophisticated, beautifully crafted, and remarkably emotive in so many ways. I think drawing is as distinctive as handwriting. Some are technically pristine, some have that individual character.

  3. Steven Heller

    plihal: There’s drawing and then there’s drawing. Some of the most expressive artists of the twentieth century were accused of bad draftsmanship, but they had more in their toolkit. Maira’s work was naif on the surface, but his highly sophisticated, beautifully crafted, and remarkably emotive in so many ways. I think drawing is as distinctive as handwriting. Some are technically pristine, some have that individual character.

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