Maira Kalman and the Pursuit of Everything

Children’s author and illustrator Maira Kalman prepares to open her exhibition The Pursuit of Everything at the High Museum

by Andrew Alexander

June 20. 2019

Featured image: Maira Kalman, illustration for What Pete Ate From A-Z (Really!) (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001, Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery)

There’s a new exhibition opening at the High Museum, and no one sounds more surprised about it than the artist herself, Maira Kalman.

“I’m amazed and delighted that I managed to create so many children’s books,” she says.  “I always knew I liked children, but never realized it was that much.”

Read the rest of Andrew Alexander’s article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Maira Kalman, “Don’t you want to make him stay up late?,” 1987, illustration for Stay Up Late, from a song by David Byrne (Viking Penguin Inc., 1987), gouache, pen and ink, and colored pencil on paper, 12 3/8 x 11 1/16 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “Ride I did, right into the inner chamber of the outer belly button of the sacred temple,” 1995, illustration for Swami on Rye: Max in India (Viking, 1995), gouache on paper, 23 1/4 x 19 1/8 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, Cover illustration for Next Stop, Grand Central (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999), gouache on paper, 13 1/4 x 11 1/16 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “When I was seven and sitting in a tree in Henry Hudson Park,” 1993, illustration for Chicken Soup, Boots (Viking, 1993), gouache on paper, 16 3/8 x 14 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “The dog and the goat drive back home in the convertible in a state of great excitment,” 2010, illustration for 13 Words by Lemony Snicket (Harper, 2010), gouache on paper, 15 7/8 x 22 5/16 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “He had a family that he loved very much,” 2012, illustration for Looking at Lincoln (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012), gouache on paper, 15 1/8 x 22 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “Your Anchor,” 2015, illustration for Beloved Dog (Penguin Press, 2015), gouache on paper, 13 3/16 x 11 1/8 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “The Ninth Birthday,” 2018, illustration for Cake (Penguin Press, 2018), gouache on paper, 13 1/4 x 11 1/16 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, “Inez Milholland, 1886–1916,” 2018, illustration for Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote, written by Kirsten Gillibrand (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018), gouache on paper, 14 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches. © Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. All rights reserved.
Maira Kalman, Illustration for Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillibrand (Alfred A. Knopf). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © 2018 Maira Kalman.
Maira Kalman and Pete. Photograph © 2005 Rick Meyerowitz.

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