Maira Kalman, 37 Paintings Exhibition
Claridge’s London, 2011 gouache on paper I love Maira Kalman’s work and I have liked it for a long time. In fact, I have many of her children’s books in my personal library. Everything she does has the je ne sais quoi that only few image-makers have. Few years back …
I love Maira Kalman’s work and I have liked it for a long time. In fact, I have many of her children’s books in my personal library. Everything she does has the je ne sais quoi that only few image-makers have. Few years back we were both part of the Library Initiative by creating a mural for a children’s library. Maira Kalman’s mural for the library at P.S. 47 in the Bronx is one of my favorites.
For some of you who might not be familiar with her work, Maira Kalman is known for her numerous books (including the Max series, The Principles of Uncertainty and many others) and for creating iconic illustrations for such publications as The New Yorker and The New York Times and others. Besides being one of the most admired illustrators working today, she is also an author and set designer.
Julie Saul Gallery currently has a show titled 37 Paintings. The exhibition includes a selection of paintings drawn from her books of the last two years, as well as a series of paintings executed while Kalman was a resident at the American Academy in Rome during the fall of 2011. In addition, 37 Paintings exhibits two artworks, which appeared on the cover of The New Yorker in March 2012 and 2005 respectively.
Describing her inspiration and working methods, Kalman says: “in my wanderings, there are moments of rapture. moments of despair. moments of celebration. it is a full-time job just to sort it all out. you need to wear friendly shoes. and make frequent coffee stops.”
May 10- June 23, 2012
All images ©Maira Kalman