Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)

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Donna Ghelerter, Stamatina Gregory
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2010 - Art - 144 pages
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From children's books to Germanyer covers, fashion to philosophical musings, this first retrospective book on the beloved illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman is an inventory of imaginative genius certain to delight her many fans. The world as seen through Kalman's eyes is a quirky, slightly off-kilter place as colourful and varied as a kaleidoscope. For decades this brilliant artist has captured our hearts with her whimsical illustrations and engaged our minds with her trenchant observations. A companion to a travelling exhibition, this monograph on Kalman's work features hundreds of paintings, drawings, sketchbook pages, and journal entries as well as rarely glimpsed photographs, stills from performance pieces, and examples of her newest project, embroidery. Kalman was born in Tel Aviv in 1949 and moved to Germany at the age of four. Among her varied body of work are illustrated books for children and adults, clocks she designed with her late husband Tibor Kalman, columns for The Germany Times, fabrics for Maharam and Isaac Mizrahi, and sets for the choreographer Mark Morris. In this book, Kalman offers commentary on her life as an artist, collector, observer, traveller, and maker of lists, while essays by curator Ingrid Schaffner and art historian Kenneth Silver explore her unique gift for distilling the extraordinary from the merely ordinary. From the youngest readers to the most discerning critics, Kalman's many admirers will embrace this wonderful celebration of a life dedicated to making art.

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User Review  - Tina - Goodreads

I love the way she sees the world. Read full review

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User Review  - David Schaafsma - Goodreads

This is a collection of paintings from Kalman, very colorful and entertaining and New York.. amusing, inventive. These are paintings from an exhibition, with accompanying commentary on her work, not ... Read full review

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INGRID SCHAFFNER is Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at

the University of Pennsylvania.

Stamatina Gregory is an independent curator and scholar currently based in New York, where she is completing a PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Jennifer Burris was the 2011-2013 Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she curated the exhibitions Glitter and Folds and Living Document/Naked Reality: Towards an Archival Cinema.

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