March 26, 2014

André Hellé: Meine große Tiermenagerie

This is a big one and a great classic. French artist André Hellé (1871-1945) created this large-formated children's book in 1911. The illustrations were inspired by contemporary wooden toys. Hellé described 20 animals with funny and often ironic words and beautiful illustrations. "Meine große Tiermenagerie" ("Drole de Betes") has been republished by Knesebeck and is available in German for the first time now. I really enjoyed watching the pictures with all the details and reading the text. The words are a bit out of time of course and more for adults to enjoy than for the little ones. Also the stereotypes of that time need some explanation. Good to have it though and a true must-have for everyone who loves old children's books! You can pick up a copy here or here. The French edition has been published by éditions MeMo.

André Hellé was also a renowned creator of toys. Take a look here. In 2013 a first retrospective took place at Musée du Jouet de Poissy.

March 20, 2014

Tal R and Lubok

"Sailaway" by Danish artist Tal R. This catalogue has been published last month by Lubok on the occasion of the current exhibition at Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (prolonged until 31.3.2014) that shows his recents works.

This one is out of print unfortunately: "Qaqqarsuaq" published for the show "Mann über Bord" at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 2012. It shows the drawings that were made during an expedition to Greenland in 2011.

There are many more great books to discover on the publisher's website. More publications by the artist here. Nansensgrade 62 has it all!

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March 14, 2014

Misaki Kawai

I would love to visit one of her shows. Look at the great books and art work by Japanese/New York based artist Misaki Kawai. Her work includes also clothes and music, sculptures and paintings. Kawai is currently represented by V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Take Ninagawa in Tokyo and LOYAL in Malmö/Sweden. She has had a great number of solo and group shows around the world. For current exhibitions take a look here.

Blueberry Express published by Nieves

Names of Numbers published by Nero

Music Car, LOYAL

Exhibition at the Watermill Center, NY, 2012

(Images: and LOYAL)