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The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to Present by Tony Kushner

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Publisher : Harry N. Abrams
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 224
Publication Date : 12/1/2003
Condition : BRAND NEW
Maurice Sendak ranks as one of the best known and loved children's book artists in the USA, and has been awarded both the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Caldecott Medal. This volume picks up where Selma Lanes' monograph of his work The Art of Maurice Sendak, published in 1980, leaves off, tracing Sendak's life and work from 1980 to 2003. provides an intimate view of the artist. Kushner not only gives 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. From Publishers Weekly The first volume of The Art of Maurice Sendak, published when he was 53, covered the period 19511981, and spanned more than 80 books, including Sendaks signature, Caldecott-winning book, Where the Wild Things Are. This new collection presents 350 illustrations, many of which are drawings for set and costume design work, which Sendak has been producing prolifically, others of which are posters for plays and for events such as the New York is Book Country fair. The style of all these works will be familiar to fans of Wild Things; Sendaks precise, intensely shaded yet welcoming shapes and figures have lost none of their luster. They would ordinarily be enough in themselves in a survey like this, but Kushners lovely, funny, partisan text ("Ive been his devoted fan since I was four years old") lifts the book to another level. Its not often that the subject of such as book is matched with a writer as gifted and assured. His discussion of the books better known gemssuch as the poster for Really Rosie (the theatre production based on Sendaks book of the same name)as well as his analysis of less celebrated workssuch as Sendaks Blakean illustrations for an edition of Kleists Penthesileahelp makes this volume a worthy companion to Selma Lanes initial, classic collection. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From School Library Journal It has been 20 years since Selma G. Lanes's The Art of Maurice Sendak (Abrams, 1998) provided a "picture biography" of this groundbreaking picture-book creator. This companion volume has the same coffee-table size and is as copiously illustrated, but its new page design and approach reflect the new directions in Sendak's career as an operatic "theater artist." Playwright Tony Kushner's "unapologetically subjective" paean is divided into a prologue and six movements. They include a recapitulation of Sendak's life and work to 1980; an analysis of the "trilogy" Outside Over There, Dear Mili, and We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy; brief mention of other books since 1981; and an extended analysis of Sendak's work in the opera world. Kushner's book is a more intimate portrait than Lanes's. It addresses not only Sendak's projects but also his aesthetics and psychology. Academic institutions with programs in the arts, even those without Lanes's book, will find the volume valuable. -Sue Burgess, Framingham State College, MA Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.