CG: Animazing Gallery Presents RARE EDITIONS ART EVENT, Featuring the Art of Dr. Seuss, Now thru 8/19July 14, 2012 - by NYC News Desk
From today, July 14th through August 19th, Animazing Gallery of SoHo will present "The Art of Dr. Seuss - Rare Editions Event." Celebrating the artistic legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel, twenty-four of the most sought-after artworks will be presented at the gallery with recent releases from The Art of Dr. Seuss collection, offering a rare opportunity for visitors to view and experience one of the largest selections of authorized estate editions ever assembled. This exhibition offers an insider's view of the extraordinary imagery reproduced from Dr. Seuss's private collection of paintings and sculptures created throughout his 70 years of artistic innovation. Exhibition curator, William Dreyer is available for phone interviews at (847-564-2000 ext. 26).
About the Exhibition
For over 70 years, Theodor Seuss Geisel's illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page. Ted Geisel's "Secret Art," the paintings and sculptures created at night for his own personal enjoyment, were rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would one day be evaluated not only as an author, but also as an artist in his own right. In 1997, this dream was realized when The Art of Dr. Seuss project was launched. For the first time, collectors were able to see and acquire artworks reproduced from Geisel's original drawings, paintings and sculpture. Audrey Geisel (Mrs. Dr. Seuss) remarked in 2010, "It is with great pleasure that I share Ted, his art, his imagination, and his boundless creativity. I'm gratified to carry out Ted's wishes and have these works revealed to the world."
Since the historic launch of this project, over thirty editions of Arabic numbers have sold-out, fifteen others are quickly approaching sell-out. This exhibition presents the largest selection of rare estate editions ever assembled. Artworks from this collection have toured to galleries and museums around the world, establishing Dr. Seuss as a significant artist of the 20th Century.
It is with great pleasure that we share with you the artistic legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
About the Artist: Theodor Seuss Geisel (American, 1904-1991)
Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, began his career as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920's. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination.
Dr. Seuss is currently best known as one of the most beloved and bestselling children's authors of all time, having written and illustrated classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Geisel was also a political cartoonist for PM magazine during World War II, as well as a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. He had a long, successful advertising career, he was an Academy Award winner for his wartime documentaries, as well as his animated short film, "Gerald McBoing Boing." Today his paintings hang in fine art galleries along side Old and Contemporary Masters including Picasso, Warhol, Rembrandt, Miro and others.
His unique artistic vision emerged as the golden thread which linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which he delivered 44 children's books, over 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters and clever humor. Geisel single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th Century and the inspired nonsense of a child's classroom doodles.
A landmark gallery in SoHo since 1984, Animazing exhibits a unique collection of original and limited edition animation and illustration artwork that indulges the senses and emotions with color & playfulness. Exclusive collections include art & sculpture by great American illustrators, such as Tim Burton, Theodor Geisel, Charles M Schulz, & Maurice Sendak. Animazing has hosted outstanding events to honor and showcase some of the greatest artists, directors, authors, and entertainment figures of the last 25 years.