Maira Kalman

37 Paintings

May 10 - June 23, 2012

We are proud to announce our fifth solo exhibition with the painter, illustrator and author Maira Kalman. Kalman is known for her numerous books, as well as magazine work for The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications. Her set designs for Mark Morris Dance Group include Four Saints in Three Acts by Gertrude Stein/Virgil Thompson and RĂ©nard by Stravinsky. Since her last exhibition with the gallery in spring 2010, Kalman has produced a number of books including an illustrated edition of Michael Pollan's Food Rules, a children's biography Looking at Lincoln and collaborations with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) on 13 Words and a young adult novel Why We Broke Up.

This exhibition will include a selection of paintings drawn from her books of the last two years, as well as a series of paintings executed while Kalman was a resident at the American Academy in Rome during the fall of 2011. In addition, we will exhibit two paintings, which appeared on the cover of The New Yorker in March 2012 and 2005 respectively. This is the first time Kalman has made her New Yorker covers available for sale and serves as an introduction to our next exhibition scheduled for fall 2013 which will be comprised entirely of magazine work.

In addition to the thirty-seven paintings, the show will include an embroidery Kalman began in Italy last fall. She will continue to develop this work in progress at the gallery throughout the course of the show.

Describing her inspiration and working methods, Kalman says: "in my wanderings there are moments of rapture. moments of despair. moments of celebration. it is a full time job just to sort it all out. you need to wear friendly shoes. and make frequent coffee stops."

Kalman's survey show curated and originated by the ICA in Philadelphia finalized its four city tour in New York last summer at the Jewish Museum. Signed copies of all of Kalman's recent books will be available at the opening and while they last during the show.

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