Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gorey in Chicago

I had the opportunity to take in the G is for Gorey - C is for Chicago exhibition at Loyola University last week when I attended the presentation by Karen Wilken. (I am happily anticipating entering the exhibit below) This double whammy Edward Gorey exhibit is presented at LUMA, the University of Loyola's art museum located in downtown Chicago.

Having previously viewed Elegant Enigmas in its Boston incarnation, it was delightful to revisit the show in a different setting. I believe this is now the sixth time this exhibition has been presented and the core exhibit, with some omissions and additions from the previous outings, remains as solid as ever. Individual pieces from the Estate and items borrowed from collectors will occasionally change for each showing.

New gems on display include early artwork on loan for this showing and the addition of archival materials pertaining to Edward Gorey's formative years in Chicago. Thomas Michalak has donated his Gorey collection to the University and many pieces from the collection are included in the show, giving added depth to the presentation.

The show continues through June 15th and is not to be missed!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Karen Wilken at Loyola

On Wednesday April 9th, author and Edward Gorey expert Karen Wilken gave a presentation at Loyola University in conjunction with the current exhibition on display at the University Museum. Her well attended talk focused on artistic influences found in Edward Gorey's images and story lines. Ms. Wilken's list of influences included books, fine art images, silent films, foreign films, and stories from Mr. Gorey's family. Her presentation was accompanied by projected images illustrating familiar and obscure images.

 Following the main presentation, a question and answer session with the audience was held with Andreas Brown (Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, Gotham Book Mart), Ms. Wilken, and Tom Michalak (collector). A variety of subjects were addressed by the panel in response to questions. The evening concluded with a book signing by Ms. Wilken.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Loyola Exhibit Video

Go HERE to view an interesting newscast video about the Loyola exhibition.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Upcoming Edward Gorey Events

Chicago is the place to be in the next two weeks for events that are sure to delight fans of Edward Gorey!

On Thursday April 3, take in a performance of The Vinegar Works, the Trey McIntyre Project's new contemporary ballet. Commissioned by the Harris Theater, The Vinegar Works will be performed with live musical accompaniment. For information and tickets, go HERE.

On the following Wednesday evening, the spotlight turns to Loyola University where author Karen Wilken will be giving a presentation in conjunction with the current double exhibition, Elegant Enigmas and G is for Gorey, C is for Chicago. Register HERE to attend this April 9th lecture.

For fans not in the Midwest, The Edward Gorey House opens its 2014 season on April 17th. This year's exhibition is The Fantod Press Books, showcasing the volumes which Edward Gorey self published beginning with The Beastly Baby in 1962 and culminating with The Deadly Blotter in 1997.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What's in a Name?

I awoke at 5:00 am this morning (wishing I could get back to sleep) pondering the name Little Zooks. I was wondering if Edward Gorey bestowed the name to the projectile infant in A Limerick after hearing (or exclaiming himself), "Gadzooks!"

This archaic mild oath is thought to originate in the mid seventeenth century from "God's Hooks", a reference to the nails which held Christ to the cross. Perhaps the Vicar made this exclamation when Little Zooks passed over the rectory.

The image shown above is available as a print from the Edward Gorey House.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Signs of Spring

With the lingering cold and snow, I keep looking for Signs of Spring. This Edward Gorey piece appeared in the New York Times in April 1988. This is a scan of the newspaper. Signs of Spring also appears in The World of Edward Gorey and Amphigorey Again.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cottage Classics - The Making of Goreyography

Malcolm Whyte, in addition to being one of the founders of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, has been the publisher of many small press books for over 40 years. Mr. Whyte and his wife are also collectors of cartoon and comic artwork. Many exhibitions mounted at the Cartoon Art Museum have represented the various facets of his collecting interests. One of Mr. Whyte's collecting interests are the works of Edward Gorey.  

Cottage Classics, Their Makers & The Making is Mr. Whyte's latest volume, published by his Word Play Publications. Limited to 300 large format paperback copies, Cottage Classics devotes one chapter each to eight different publications he has produced with different artists. The second chapter takes us on the journey traveled to produce Henry Toledano's 1996 bibliography of the works of Edward Gorey titled Goreyography.

The chapter recounts the story of Goreyography from its origins to ultimate publication. As with the chapters devoted to the other artists, the book traces all aspects of the publishing process including concept, contracts, commissioned artwork, printing and distribution. Each chapter is also illustrated with sketches, mockups and examples of finished artwork for the volumes discussed. The book presents a "behind the desk" look at small press publications.

To purchase this, or other volumes by Word Play Publications, go to