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"We'll eat you up, we love you so..." - A Maurice Sendak Retrospective

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Take a walk Where the Wild Things Are and get in touch with your inner Max at AFA Gallery’s Maurice Sendak Retrospective. To honor and celebrate the life of Sendak, AFA Gallery is displaying 50 of the late, beloved author/illustrator’s sketches and designs. From classic, famous Wild Things drawings that seem to leap from published pages, to lesser-known characters, the exhibit boasts Sendak’s signature style that catapulted his career. The retrospective -- which opened June 9, the day before Sendak’s would-be 84th birthday -- seeks to draw in all lovers of Sendak, young and old. The playful nature of Sendak’s furry love-filled beasts and emotionally charged Max come to life here, proving Sendak’s legend in the creative world will continue to be celebrated.

Photo courtesy AFA Gallery

While a quick round of word association would ultimately tie Sendak to children’s illustration, gallery-goers will be surprised and mesmerized with “Max and the Sea Monster,” a small bronze sculpture depicting a scene from the otherworld of the Wild Things. The sculpture was a collaborative work with Sendak using a lost wax casting process and was made in a New York foundry.

The current retrospective is not the first partnership between AFA and Sendak. Coinciding with the release of the film version of Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze in 2009, AFA teamed up with Sendak for “Sendak in Soho,” to display and sell illustrations. Nearly three years later, the passing of Sendak has impacted the literature and art community, but the relationship between Sendak’s art and AFA Gallery continues to hold fast.

The Maurice Sendak Retrospective will remain on display through Labor Day. AFA Gallery is located at 54 Greene St. in NYC. For more information, call 212-226-7374 or visit
 -- Melanie Baker

Posted on June 21, 2012 - by

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