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The Newark Public Library Showcases "The Art of Illustration"
July 25, 2007
Media only, please contact:
Heidi Cramer at (973) 733-7837

The Newark Public Library will unveil a new exhibit, The Art of Illustration, starting August 20 in the third floor gallery of the Main Library, 5 Washington Street.

"This is a summer of vivid color and eye-pleasing art for The Newark Public Library," said Director Wilma J. Grey, referring to the vibrancy of Library’s exhibit.

"These three artistic exhibits showcase the Library’s finest treasures in regards to works of art," said Dane, the curator of all three and head of the Library’s Special Collections Division. "Our goal was to offer a very visual, lively and colorful collection to the visitors to The Newark Public Library."

William Dane, keeper of prints and works of art on paper has chosen some of the best examples from its collection of more than 2,500 illustrated books and artists’ portfolios to include in the exhibit, which will continue through October 19.

"Illustrations give form to a text through the use of color and composition. They can set the mood, define subtle themes; they convey visually what an author writes. Illustrations in children’s books can give faces to characters in a story," Dane said.

Some authors are illustrators as well. The Library’s collection includes the delicate colors and realism of works by Beatrix Potter and her Peter Rabbit series; the blocky black and white animals of Raoul Dufy and his "Le Bestiaire: ou Cortège d’orphée"; Victorian children in smocked dresses, pinafores or knickers, as captured by Kate Greenaway; and the bold colors of Elizabeth Catlett from her For My People collection.

Selections from the mid-1800s were gifts to the Library’s Special Collections from Wilbur Macey Stone, a well-known rare book collector.

Contemporary books in the exhibit reflect the thriving children’s publishing market, including works illustrated by Bruno Munari, Eric Carle, Doris Ettlinger, Bagram Ibatoulline, and Robert Sabuda.

"People love these exhibits. They make the Library a special place, one where people return time and again and always find something new in the stacks and something unusual on display," Dane said.

For more information about the exhibit visit www.npl.org. To arrange a group tour, please call 973-733-7745.

 

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