Stephen Savage, author of “Where’s Walrus, Polar Bear Night, Making Tracks and more,” pays homage to pumpkins in his latest children’s book “Ten Orange Pumpkins.” Its a mystery of sorts. Who decimated (as in killing off of ten) the crop? You’ll have to read it (to your child) to find out. Nonetheless, I asked Stephen to answer some probing queries.
Seymour Chwast’s perpetually fertile imagination is still going full bore with his series “The Artists: Postcard Portraits of Nineteenth & Twentieth Century Masters.” His “imaginings” of what the maestros look like wrapped in their own art brands are not simply charmingly witty, they represent Chwast’s fluid mastery of style, form and content. This suite is truly sweet (in the vernacular of youth). (They can be purchased or downloaded here.) I also asked Chwast a few questions about this new opus.
I was reading these vintage comic books the other day and realized this cognitive dissonance. The comics, which may be more adult than their targeted market of kids, each have advertisements that don’t seem to conform to the demographic.
Hey, comics lovers out there in Imprint-land, which reader of Fritzy Ritz or Fight comics do you think would order a girdle, test out kitchen knives or sample a anti-bacterial hair-preserver?
“Visualizing Disease,” an exhibition of pathological and medical illustrations from the 16th century to the mid-19th century, is on display now at the Lilly Library on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. It features Illustrations of ailments and lesions published in books as far back as the 1500s that served as teaching tools for doctors and surgeons. They are not pretty pictures, in fact some may be hard to stomach, including a diseased stomach.
WWII U.S. Army Air Force squadron logos were placed on letterheads or painted on aircraft, but most frequently they were made into patches worn on uniforms. A number of the logos were designed by the Disney Studios, but others were designed by artists who happened to be serving within the various units. They were designed yet, in a way, un-designed.
R.O. Blechman’s life’s work in on view at “The Masters Series: R.O Blechman” at SVA’s Chelsea Gallery, the first major retrospective representing illustrations and editorial cartoons, animations and graphic novels. The exhibition, which is open from October 2 through November 2 at 601 West 26th Street, New York City. This is a must see, and this is a must read.
Collage is an art that can be evocative and alluring, given the quality of the scrap and ingenuity of the artist. Poul Lange, author of The Book of Holes, has a good eye and a steady hand for collage making. His most recent set of illustrations were produced for Storied Sips, a liquor recipe book and more. I recently ask Lange to explain the mixology behind these illustrative cocktails.
For a wonderful website experience visit Frances Jetter here. And for a moving gallery experience visit Jetter’s New York exhibition at VanDeb Editions here or in person. Her “Works on Paper” opens on October 10 through November 9. Below is Jetter’s Troll (linocut). Now you don’t have to imagine a troll at your table. It’s that time again for those looking into grad schools to attend open houses and info sessions. This is the one that I do with Lita Talarico. Join us in person or online here.