Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Art of Fred Marcellino at L.A. Central Library

For those of you in the Los Angeles area, my friend Miss Julie told me about an exhibit at L.A.'s Central Library that I am going to check out soon. It's called "Dancing by the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino", and it includes the covers of record albums, contemporary fiction, and children's books illustrated by Fred Marcellino, and it runs through July 29.

From the press release:
The exhibit features some of Marcellino’s most prominent artwork including book covers for Tom Wolfe’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”; album covers for artists such as Loretta Lynn, Manhattan Transfer and Fleetwood Mac; and children’s book illustrations from Charles Perrault’s “Puss in Boots” and Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.”

Click here to view a couple of his children's book illustrations, one from Puss in Boots, the other from I, Crocodile...

10 comments:

jenclair said...

What lovely illustrations! After following the link, I Googled and found that I really was familiar with Marcellino through the
covers of a number of books!

Gentle Reader said...

Thank you, Jenclair--that's a great link!

I remembered the Bonfire of the Vanities cover :)

julie said...

I just ordered many of the children's books that he illustrated from the Powell's website. Can't wait to show them to my daughters.

Robin said...

I love his artwork! I wonder if it's a traveling exhibit? I'd love to see it.

Stefanie said...

My sister lives in LA, I'll have to tell her about the exhibit

Gentle Reader said...

julie--tell me which ones they like, i'll buy some for my kids, too!

robin--i called the library, and the woman in PR said she didn't think the exhibit was going anywhere, which I think is too bad.

stefanie--i hope your sister goes and enjoys it--but even if she doesn't, at least she'll get a trip to the central library out of it, which is worth it :)

julie said...

The exhibit was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Their website does not say if it is travelling to another city.

Robin said...

Gentle Reader, thanks for checking on whether or not it's a traveling exhibit. I guess we'll just have to go to LA to see it! That would be fun.

Gentle Reader said...

julie--thanks for checking!

robin--if you come to town, i'll meet you at the library to see the exhibit!

julie said...

I just received our books from Powell's. My three year old daughter is already obsessed with "The Story of Little Babaji" and "I, Crocodile" is a hoot. We also ordered "Puss and Boots" and "The Pelican Chorus", both wonderful. For my seven year old I ordered "Trumpet of the Swan" "A Rat's Tale", and "The Wainscott Weasel". How fun to have this whole new section for our library, inspired by visiting the exhibit.