Yak Attack

A place to unwind and spend some time yakking.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

More Let's Yak About Art and an update

This will be a brief Let's Yak About Art. Artist and author Eric Carle is the subject of a special exhibit at the Tacoma Museum of Art. The exhibit opened October 7th, and will be around until January 21, 2007.

An article in the Seattle PI discussed the exhibit and a recent visit to the museum by Carle. Included in the article was a brief biography. When Carle was 6 years old, his parents, German immigrants, returned to Germany. The year was 1935, and one of his grandmothers told his folks that Hilter was going to return prosperity to Germany. Unfortunately, they believed her and returned home, only to find heart ache and tragedy.

One of the bright spots in Carle's dismal childhood were occasional art lessons. His teacher, putting himself at risk, showed his student copies of great artists' work which had been banned by Hitler, panned as "degenerate art." Sharing these works made an impression on Carle, and the freedom within art these artstists embraced can be seen in Carle's work today.

The exhibit features 50 collages by Carle, on loan from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. They're handpainted, tissue paper collages, the originals of the art that have appeared in his picture books.

An update: I'm about half way through with my project. I hope to be finished by friday, and unveil it over the weekend.


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