lunes, 11 de agosto de 2008

The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art

The Getty Gallery at the Los Angeles Public Library is currently hosting, The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art, the first U.S. exhibit devoted exclusively to the image of the child in contemporary picture-book art.“Today, more talented artists by far are involved in picture-book making than ever before, with art schools, museums, and galleries most recently becoming devoted to picture-book illustration as an art form,” said picture-book historian Leonard S. Marcus.They exhibit focuses on illustrations of the last ten years and is divided into the following categories:The New ChildThe Child in the FamilyThe Child at School and PlayThe Child in the CommunityThe Child in HistoryThe Questioning Child andThe New Picture Book.Featured illustrators include: Etienne Delessert, Marla Frazee, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Maurice Sendak, William Steig and Chris Van Allsburg.The show was organized by the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, and is co-curated by Marcus, art historian Jane Bayard Curley and librarian Caroline Ward and runs through September 14.Speaking of picture-books. Don't miss Erica S. Pearl's piece at, "I'm Talking to You, Corded! : The Mismatch of Technology and Picture Books." Pearl takes a look at the disconnect between the representation of technology in modern picture-books and the reality of the modern technologies that appear in many children's environments.Pearl asks the question "Why do modern picture-book scenes often look so dated "The homes we see in children's picture books—even books published in the current decade and set in the present—often seem conspicuously dated. There are few computers. E-mail is hardly ever mentioned (much less checked). Phones usually have long, loopy cords tethering the receiver to the base."She offers numerous visual examples included a few that incorporate the appropriate technology of the day.

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