Sunday, May 06, 2012
Anita Lobel: Caldecott Honor Medalist's illustrations on view at Joslyn Art Museum
OMAHA, NE.- All the World’s a Stage at Joslyn Art Museum comprises more than 70 colorful, richly patterned artworks — pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache (pronounced GOO-ahsh; a technique of painting with opaque watercolors prepared with gum) pictures — from 31 children’s books by author-illustrator Anita Lobel.
The exhibition shares its title with a featured book – a poem paying tribute to Shakespeare, and nine of his well-known plays, beautifully illustrated with precise details of the times and the world of Elizabethan theatre. The exhibition opened April 14 and is on view through July 1. “I usually plan a book as a play.
The pictures become ‘scenes’ with ‘principals’ and ‘chorus’ grouped and regrouped according to what is then happening in the story," says Lobel. "Writing and illustrating books for children is a form of drama for me. I approach the construction ... More