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Saturday, March 24, 2001

Gazing Into a Penholder
Why is it de rigueur for members of the avant-garde to try to stump us? Think of the Surrealists and the Dadaists, with their deadpan refusal to make sense; the authors of the French nouveau roman, with their poker-faced descriptions of trivial things; and the inexplicable mathematical games of Raymond Queneau. The present-day heirs of this tendency are conceptual artists, with their penchant for inscrutable brainteasers. When did ''experimental'' become synonymous with ''mystifying''? Mark Ford's smart new biography, ''Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams'' (Cornell University, $35), hints at a novel answer: with Roussel (1877-1933), a strange and possibly mad French poet and fantasist whose following has included many of the most influential avant-gardists of the 20th century. Roussel's power is that for them he functioned as a kind of proto-Andy Warhol. They could never be sure if he was pulling their leg.
The New York Times Book Review
posted by Marco Graziosi 4:50 AM

Friday, March 23, 2001

Les illustrateurs jeunesse
Cette sélection présente un nombre important d'illustrateurs et d'auteurs-illustrateurs pour la jeunesse, classés par ordre alphabétique, par nationalité et par époque. Cette liste est régulièrement mise à jour. Elle signale les artistes confirmés mais aussi ceux moins connus. Chaque entrée introduit à une biographie de l'illustrateur, une bibliographie, à une série d'illustrations de l'artiste, ainsi qu'à des liens éventuels.
Régulièrement, de nouvelles images, visibles en format vignette, sont intégrées à cette base.
[A very complete database.]
posted by Marco Graziosi 1:20 PM

Picturing Childhood: Illustrated Children's Books from University of California Collections, 1550–1990
Welcome to Picturing Childhood, an online version of the catalog produced to accompany an exhibition held at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 16 through June 29, 1997. The catalog was published by the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and the Department of Special Collections at the University Research Library, UCLA.
[This exhibition seems to completely ignore Lear's production.]
posted by Marco Graziosi 1:18 PM

University of Delaware: WORLD OF THE CHILD - Two Hundred Years of Children's Books
An exhibition at the Hugh M. Morris Library
University of Delaware Library
February 17 - June 12, 1998
posted by Marco Graziosi 1:09 PM

Exhibit Essay for Hey Diddle Diddle: A History of Children's Book Illustration
An exhibit featuring books from the University Library's Special Collections, Multicultural Children's Literature Curriculum Collection, and Private Collections.
McHenry Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
January 3 - March 19, 2001
posted by Marco Graziosi 12:47 PM

Sunday, March 18, 2001

That Elgar moustache
On Victorian beards and moustache, with a reference to Lear, though it does not mention that Lear himself wuld be a perfect candidate...
Guardian Unlimited
posted by Marco Graziosi 6:01 AM

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