Frederick, MD – From October 28, 2006 to November 18, 2006. McGuire Fine Arts Gallery of Frederick will present “The Art of Dr. Seuss – A Retrospective and National Exhibition.” Celebrating the life and art of Theodor Seuss Geisel, this exhibit will chronicle his life and career with a focus on the common artistic links throughout his nearly 70 years of creativity.
The exhibition begins with his early drawings in Life Magazine, includes his editorial, advertising, military, and book illustrations, and finally, his Secret Art Collection. Works in the exhibition have been curated from significant public and private collections, including the University of California San Diego archive, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and the Dr. Seuss Estate, and feature rare and never-before-seen art from the 1920’s to 1990’s.
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 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,” and today his paintings hang in fine art galleries.
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.
McGuire Fine Arts features original paintings, sculpture and limited edition fine art prints in styles ranging from contemporary to more traditional and transitional. The gallery represents acclaimed American and International artists.
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