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The Society of Illustrators is pleased to announce a special exhibition of legendary artist Maurice Sendak’s work. Longtime friends and collectors Justin Schiller and Dennis M V David present a look at some of Sendak’s rarest pieces, including illustrations from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, a booklet commissioned by his British publishers as a 1967 Christmas keepsake. It is the only remaining manuscript for a published Sendak title still in private hands and is being exhibited for the first time publicly. In addition to these drawings, this exhibition will include more than a hundred watercolors, ink and pencil designs for Mr. Sendak’s various book, theatre and commercial work. All of the works will be available to purchase.

Work will be on display at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from October 23rd – November 3rd, 2018. Admission to the exhibit will be free during special hours (Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm). An Opening Reception will be held on October 23rd beginning at 6:00pm.

An exhibition catalog will be available to purchase in the Museum Shop. This special edition catalog features 7 exquisite ink drawings and 22 pencil studies, accompanied by a brilliant essay written by Professor Robert N. Essick, comparing them to William Blake’s original etchings.

Maurice Sendak is “widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century,” (The New York Times, 2012). Along with receiving the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak received countless international recognition for his artistry: including sharing the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial prize (2003), the Laura Ingalls Wilder award (1983), the CINE Golden Eagle for best children’s film adaptation (1989), National Medal of the Arts (1996), and remains the only American recipient of the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration (IBBY 1970) in recognition of his lasting contribution to children’s literature.  Twenty-two of his titles have been named New York Times best illustrated books of the year.

SENDAK and BLAKE Illustrating Songs of Innocence
Oblong 4to, 40pp; pictorial boards
$30.00 (Sales Tax where applicable + postage)
ISBN# 978-0-9627110-3-9

Copies will be available at the museum bookstore and can also be ordered from:

Battledore Ltd
P O Box 2288, Kingston, NY 12402 USA
Email:; Tel: 914 316-8144

Members of the Society of Illustrators will receive a 10% discount on the purchase of original Sendak artwork during the duration of this special exhibition.

Art Credit:

Hector Protector. Harper & Row, (c) 1965

In the Night Kitchen. Harper & Row, (c) 1970

In the Night Kitchen. Harper & Row, (c) 1970

Lullabie and Night Songs. Harper & Row, (c) 1965.

Zlateh The Goat. Harper & Row, (c) 1966.

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