Beginning Friday, the Portland Public Library will show 50 works by the late children’s book illustrator Maurice Sendak, considered by many to be the grandmaster of the art form.
“MAURICE SENDAK: 50 YEARS, 50 WORKS, 50 REASONS”
WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
WHEN: Opens Friday. Through Oct. 25
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: 871-1700; portlandlibrary.com; sendakexhibition.com
“I was a huge fan, not just because (Maurice Sendak) could illustrate so beautifully, but because he wrote in a way that had never been presented before.” – Whoopi Goldberg, actor
“The genius of Maurice Sendak is that he drew not only with his pencil but with his heart.” – Brian Froud, film and fantasy artist
“Maurice Sendak helped raise my kids – all four of them heard ‘The night Max wore his wolf suit …’ many times.” – Tom Hanks, actor, producer
“‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (is) one of my favorite classic books of all time.” – President Barack Obama
“He began to be honest in the ’50s. He was laceratingly honest at a time when few others were.” – Gregory Maguire, author (“Wicked”)
“He’s a North Star in the firmament of anyone who makes children’s books, in particular for his dark and clear-eyed view of the world that was kindred to me when I was in kindergarten and kindred to me now. …” – Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), author
“Maurice Sendak helped raise my kids,” writes actor Tom Hanks.
“I would look at those pictures — where Max’s bedroom turns into a forest — and there was something that felt like magic there,” said movie director Spike Jonze.
“Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sendak’s best-known book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” On view through Oct. 25, the show features original works from the book, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper, as well as 50 statements from famous people who opine about Sendak’s influence on their lives.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the library and Maine College of Art. MECA’s illustration department chairman, illustrator Scott Nash, began an annual exhibition of children’s book illustrators last year. Edward Gorey was the first, and now comes Sendak.
via Exploring the genius of Sendak | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.