ARTIST MONOGRAPHS

PUBLISHER
DelMonico Books/The Columbus Museum of Art

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 8.5 x 10.5 in. / 248 pgs / 233 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
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DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2022 p. 5   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9781636810522 TRADE
List Price: $55.00 CDN $75.00 GBP £45.00

AVAILABILITY
Out of stock

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Columbus, OH
Columbus Museum of Art, 10/21/22–03/05/23

Paris, France
Museum of the Art & History of Judaism, 04/19/23–08/27/23

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Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak

Edited by Jonathan Weinberg. Introduction by Lynn Caponera. Text by Thomas Crow, John Bell, Tyler Fallas, Clara Nguyen. Interviews with Carroll Ballard, Brother Christopher, John Dugdale, Michael di Capua, Spike Jonze, Twyla Tharp, Arthur Yorinks.

Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak

The most comprehensive survey of the work of Maurice Sendak, the most celebrated picture book artist of all time—with previously unpublished archival materials

Published in conjunction with the eponymous Sendak retrospective touring museums in the United States and Europe in 2022–24, Wild Things Are Happening emphasizes Maurice Sendak’s relationship to the history of art and the influences of his art collecting on his images. It features previously unpublished sketches, storyboards and paintings that emphasize Sendak’s creative processes.
Bringing together a broad diversity of perspectives on the award-winning artist, the book includes an extended essay by the renowned art historian Thomas Crow that traces the genesis and cultural contexts of Sendak’s most famous book, Where the Wild Things Are. It also includes interviews and appreciations by many of Sendak’s key collaborators, including Carroll Ballard, Michael Di Capua, John Dugdale, Spike Jonze, Twyla Tharp and Arthur Yorinks.
Maurice Sendak (1928–2012) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish immigrant parents from Poland. A largely self-taught artist, Sendak wrote and illustrated over 150 books during his 60-year career, including Kenny’s Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie’s Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. He collaborated with such celebrated authors as Meindert DeJong, Tony Kushner, Randall Jarrell, Ruth Krauss, Else Holmelund Minarik and Isaac Bashevis Singer, and he illustrated classics by the Brothers Grimm, Melville and Tolstoy.


Maurice Sendak, Self-Portrait, 1950, ink on paper, 10 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. Copyright The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

New York Times: Book Review

Lauren Christensen

A new book collects six decades’ worth of the artist’s work [...] From sketching other kids playing in the street outside his childhood window, to the long, regimented days spent drawing, painting and writing in his Connecticut studio as an adult, Sendak remained dedicated all his life to at least one theme: wandering.

Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/1/2022

Let the wild rumpus start

Let the wild rumpus start!

Maurice Sendak lovers, rejoice! Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak has finally arrived. Featuring a wealth of previously unpublished archival materials, this superb, copiously-illustrated, 248-page hardcover is the most comprehensive survey of Sendak's work ever published—brought to us by DelMonico Books and the Columbus Museum of Art, where the corresponding exhibition will open in October 2022. "I want [children] to feel that they’re not being lied to," Sendak is quoted. "I want them to feel that here’s somebody who respects them. And peculiarly remembers what it was like, how hard it was. Everybody says, 'Why do you dwell on the dark side?' I’m perfectly aware that childhood at moments is the happiest time of all. But that’s not my subject. Other people have talked about the baby bliss and done it very well. My subject is the other side of the moon of childhood. Because that’s the side I remember most. And I address myself to that, because you want to bring comfort, to yourself, because old childhood nightmares still pervade you, no matter how old you are. So you’re constantly appeasing that part of you that remains the child. And in so doing you are appeasing and helping and enlightening those real children in the world. Not a lot of people address this and talk to them about it and respect them for it and forgive them for wild and outrageous emotions and thoughts they have." Featured image is Sendak's poster design for the Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! opera, 1985. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. continue to blog


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