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Rikki Ducornet's 'Brightfellow' is a sophisticated embodiment of children's imagination

“You cannot write for children — there’s no way,” Maurice Sendak told an interviewer in 1987. “They’re much too complicated.” Capturing the warp and woof of childhood, even in a vessel as elastic as literature, is no easy task. The best children’s books slip beneath the surreal surface of youth...

How Great Visual Artists Have Staged Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’

From Marc Chagall through David Hockney, Maurice Sendak, and William Kentridge to Jun Kaneko.

Maurice Sendak’s Only Known Mural Gets A New Home

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Painted originally in 1961 in the bedroom of New York City’s Chertoff children – Nina and Larry – and moved to the Rosenbach several years ago, the mural now promises to catch the eyes of borrowers at the … Free Library of Philadelphia’s new branch, opening soon at Broad and Morris Streets in South Philadelphia.”

Fire Maurice Sendak Estate’s Executors, Demands Museum-Library

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“More than a year into the lawsuit it filed over Maurice Sendak’s will, the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has asked a Connecticut judge to remove the executors of the author-illustrator’s estate. Motivated by ‘financial self-interest,’ Sendak’s executors have refused to carry out his wish to leave millions of dollars’ worth of books […]

Documenting Death

Maurice Sendak drew his partner Eugene after he died, as he had drawn his family members when they were dying. The moment is one he was compelled to capture, pin down, understand, see. Where many— maybe most—people look away, he wanted to render. He was very wrapped up in the goodbye, the flight, the loss; […]

See Judy Blume fangirl between Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak in throwback pic

There are three authors visible in this classic photo, but a connection to a fourth lurks behind the scenes.

Designing the Wild Things Plushes

Toy designer Mel Birnkrant designed the only toy tie-ins based on "Where the Wild Things" that Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) liked. In a new set of pages on his website, he tells the story of how he developed the designs, and how his 30-year friendship with Maurice Sendak grew out of that working relationship.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: A Sendak Museum

In his will, Maurice Sendak called for his home to become “a museum or similar facility,” but four years after his death there is no consensus plan.

On Kenny’s Window

Maria Popova writes about Kenny’s Window, Maurice Sendak’s “debut as a storyteller.” Our own Emily Collette Wilkinson reflected on Sendak’s vision upon his passing.

Sendak’s Tales

Check out Maurice Sendak’s illustrations of The Brothers Grimm fairy tales posted on Brain Pickings this April. The illustrations were published with Lore Segal’s translation of the stories in The Juniper Tree: And Other Tales from Grimm. Our own Emily Colette Wilkinson revisits Sendak’s stories as an adult.

Selling exhibition of original artwork by Maurice Sendak at Sotheby's New York

9 months agoArts : Artdaily

From 16 November to 18 December Sotheby?s New York hosts Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak? a selling exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and set pieces by the beloved author. Sendak is best known for his 1963 creation Where The Wild Things Are, widely recognized as one of America?s most cherished children?s books. Show More Summary

What it feels like to be read a bedtime story by Adrienne Clarkson

It’s not every day that a former governor general reads you a bedtime story. But then Adrienne Clarkson loves to delight. Get cozy as the beloved Canadian reads the Maurice Sendak classic Higglety Pigglety Pop! The post What it feels like to be read a bedtime story by Adrienne Clarkson appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The Most Beautiful and Striking Illustrations from 200 Years of Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

last yearHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Maurice Sendak, Lisbeth Zwerger, Edward Gorey, David Hockney, Shaun Tan, and more.

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

one of my favorite thinkers about comics, Philip Nel, walks us through Maurice Sendak's will. Todd Klein on Justice League #41, Astro City #23 Back Issue #80 and Astro City #22. I missed this one. Rob McMonigal on Stray Vol. 1. Mike Sterling on Superman #41, although my hunch is he'd probably hesitate to call it a review. Show More Summary

Count Counsellor – “Disco Dodo”

Count Counsellor is a UK producer who specializes in a hazy, soulful sound that evokes “young Stevie Wonder” or “an illustrated film drawn by Maurice Sendak.” (He name-checks quite a few other artists in a mini-manifesto that you can check out over on the premiere we did for “Cloud Calls.”) Today he’s released a new […]

Maurice Sendak Exhibit Opens at The Breman Museum

The Breman Museum has been hosting the “Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures” exhibit. Here’s more from the press release: “The exhibition includes interactive locations where visitors dress up like wild things, slide into a bowl of chicken soup, and pick one of many of Sendak’s books to read on Rosie’s Stoop. Show More Summary

Thursday scent of the day 6/11

So yesterday I told you all Happy Iced Tea Day, when what I meant to say was Happy Maurice Sendak's birthday! But I forgot, so I'm telling you a day late. Do put on your wolf suit 1 and tell us what fragrance you're wearing today. I'm wearing a dab of Dior Eau Sauvage in honor of Max. Reminder: this Friday, 6/12, we're looking at literary connections...

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