SENDAK IN ASIA.
- Kingston, NY: Battledore Ltd. 1996.
- oblong 8vo.
- stiff paper wrappers
- (48) pages.
- ISBN 0962711012 / Order Nr. 49649
- Price: $20.00 other currencies
First edition. This wonderful exhibition catalogue highlights a myriad of works illustrated and written by this celebrated children's book writer and artist. This exhibition covers the first time Sendak's original works were shown in Asia, beginning in October 1996 at Maruzen Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, travelling in December to Kyoto and Nagoya and then to Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok, Thailand in January of 1997. Illustrating more than eighty books, Sendak's original drawings are in constant demand by private collectors everywhere. Nearly all of his artwork is archived at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. Past loan exhibits have been presented at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England and The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, while commercial galleries have offered modest shows with work on loan from the artist. Significant drawings are rarely ever offered for sale, especially his highly finished pencil studies which precisely detail both concept and development of his designs or alternate visions closely resembling his published pictures but are just a bit different. This catalogue contains Sendak's pictures, original prints and posters designs presented for the first time in Asia. Many of these drawings have never been offered for public sale anywhere and are of high quality and importance, covering more than thirty-five years of creativity. These works include actual preliminary studies for many of the artist's most important books including WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN, OUTSIDE OVER THERE, his early and little-known version of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, illustrations from German fairy tales by Brentano and the Brothers Grimm, pictures for theatrical costumes, poster designs, and record jackets, plus his homage to the battle against censorship on behalf of the American Booksellers Association. Twenty-six of the drawings in this catalogue were actually used for publication and represent the largest collection of such pictures ever shown at one time. Distributed for Battledore Ltd.