Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work is a deeply personal and thoughtful tribute to a seminal artist whose singular vision has captured the imaginations of countless children and grown-ups throughout the world. This exhibition at the Society of Illustrators showcases the collection of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, prominent authorities on Sendak’s artwork.
Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work features more than two hundred previously unpublished studies, sketches, photographs, and ephemera, including rare and previously unpublished artwork from Where the Wild Things Are. In this one-of-a-kind collection, the broad range of Sendak’s work—from his picture book and poster illustrations to his commercial and theater designs—is explored. Edited by noted children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus, the catalogue also includes twelve essays from prominent scholars and historians including Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky.
In conjunction with the exhibit is a beautiful full-color catalogue by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David (Abrams; June 2013; U.S. $45.00/Can. $52.00; ISBN 978-1-4197-0826-8). Edited by noted children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus, the catalogue also includes twelve essays from prominent scholars and historians including Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky.
Both the catalogue and the exhibition are timed to what would have been Sendak’s eighty-fifth birthday, on June 10, and the fiftieth anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are in 2013. There could not be a more ideal time to commemorate Maurice Sendak’s extraordinary career.
About the Authors
Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David are curators and rare-book dealers specializing in children’s literature and art books. Schiller was one of the principal founders of the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1957, and is the author of a number of journal and magazine articles, including “Sendak All Around” (2003), as well as the catalogue Sendak in Asia (1996). Justin G. Schiller Ltd. is the oldest specialist in antiquarian children’s books. Schiller and David live in Kingston, New York, and New York City.
About the Editor
Leonard S. Marcus is among the leading authorities on children’s books and their creators. His own award-winning books include Minders of Make-Believe and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Horn Book Magazine, Marcus is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and teaches a popular course on children’s books and child development at New York University.