Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Gorey Exhibit; Museums; Artist Biographies; Craig Yoe on NPR

The Art of Edward Gorey at the Brandywine River Museum
Through May 17, the Brandywine River Museum has a exhibit of 180 works by Edward Gorey, many never before exhibited. They are in Chadds Ford, PA, a beautiful scenic area that is a lovely place just to drive through. The DuPont Gardens are also nearby.

The Brandywine is best known as the place to find the works of the Wyeth family--N.C. to Andrew to Jamie. Whenever I get to the east coast, I try to work in a visit to both this and to the Delaware Art Museum. It's in Wilmington, 45 minutes from Chadds Ford. I highly recommend them both, if you live nearby or if your travel plans take you within striking distance. You can also become a member for as little as $15 or $20 and get regular mailings on their many exhibits.

In case you missed the N.C. Wyeth Catalog Raisonne ($395), it remains available from Brandywine (and is actually well worth the price!). Sadly, our copies are gone and we cannot order more. Brandywine also sells other fine (and much less expensive) exhibit catalogs, some of which we have handled in years past.


The Delaware Art Museum has a permanent exhibit of Howard Pyle and American Illustrators, as well as the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite artists in the U.S. The latter includes astounding work by J.W. Waterhouse, Lord Leighton, Alma-Tadema, Rossetti, et al.

Craig Yoe/Secret Identity Interview on NPR

Author/artist Craig Yoes is interviewed on the National Public Radio program Fresh Air with Terry Gross. You can listen to it online or download it as a podcast.

That's about his new book, Secret Identity-The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster. Also Frederic Wertham, the Brooklyn Thrill-Killers ("The Columbine of its time"), the Nights of Horror crusade, etc. See more in last week's post on my blog. Here's a direct link to the program:


Patrick O'Brian Jack Aubrey Novels

The Folio Society, based in the United Kingdom, has published the first five Jack Aubrey titles in deluxe and illustrated new hardcovers. I've been one of the legion of fans of this fine series and am currently reading the 21-novel set for the second time around. The wonderful film (I can't recommend it enough, everyone I know loved it), Master and Commander, just gave a brief glimpse of what is to be found in the books.


They've also done two wonderful books by Charles van Sandwyk, a superb but still relatively little-known illustrator. We handled two of his books several years ago and I would love to again, when the right item comes along.

Folio Society does NOT wholesale their books, so the only source is straight from them (members get discounted prices) or from a used/antiquarian book dealer. Here's a link to van Sandwyk's Wind in the Willows. They did a limited edition of 1000 of these, which started out at $800 and went to $1200 before it sold out...all before publication. The edition here is the less spectacular but still delightful trade edition;


Here's a Google Images link to more work by Van Sandwyk.

Speaking of Artists - 102 free online illustrated bios

My former partner in Bud Plant Illustrated Books, Jim Vadeboncoeur, maintains a website with extensive, fully illustrated artist biographies. 102 of them. Included are Gustaf Tenggren, Willy Pogany, Andrew Loomis, Alex Toth, Moebius, Franklin Booth, Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel, Norman Lindsay, etc. Jim is the publisher of Images magazine and The Black and White Images Annual, both of which we handle and recommend. Here are a few images from his website.


That's it for this week. Please write and tell me what you like or don't like about my blog. If you have questions about book illustrators, comic artists, books in or out of print...run them by me. I'll run any I find that should interest others here in the blog. And I always will do my best to answer anyone who writes. That's always been a service I try to provide to customers of Bud's Art Books. My email is bud{-at-}budplant.com (substitute @ for {-at-} )

Thanks for your interest!