Monday, September 15, 2014

Another Random Walk by Edward Gorey

Published in the February 1994 issue of Worth Magazine, Random Walk by Edward Gorey is a self contained story in four panels (see my post from August 13, 2014 for another Random Walk). I like how the dummy in the window goes from exuberant showmanship in panel one, to modesty in the second panel. The impractical outfit (with extra hip length boots and hat which are not displayed in the shop window) looks like one of Mr. Gorey's costume designs.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Edward Gorey Exhibition in Canada

Over 100 works by Edward Gorey are now on display at the Simon Fraser University Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library. This Special Collections and Rare Books show features works by Mr. Gorey which were donated to the library in 2012 by Emily McWhinney. For more information on this exhibition, go HERE.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Edward Gorey Auction News

Warm up your paddles and get set to bid on Edward Gorey items from the Samuel Spiegel collection which are being offered at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City on October 1st. The first part of Mr. Spiegel's collection was sold at Swann this past May. This second auction consists of 30 lots which include many limited edition volumes, groups of posters, and prints by Mr. Gorey. To view the catalog on line, go HERE.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Watch the Birdie

Here is an illustration by Edward Gorey for Friends Magazine from August 1962. Chevrolet produced this magazine from 1960 until the mid/late 60's as a giveaway extolling the virtues of owning your own car so you could travel and see the "real" America.

The copy reads (in part), "The expression "Watch the birdie" may work well at home with youngsters you know, but when you attempt to take pictures of the colorful but evasive people you meet on your travels, the situation calls for diplomacy." The photo essay is goes on to give advice about photographing the indigenous peoples one will meet while traveling.

It would be interesting to know how specific the information given to Mr. Gorey was for this assignment. Was he asked for an image of traditional photography, or just given a basic outline for the one page spread?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Etchings of Edward Gorey, an Exhibition

Edward Gorey created over 80 Fine Art Etchings and numerous other prints during his career. Beginning in 1975, Mr. Gorey produced 65 etchings during his lifetime. Working with Emily Trevor, a local printer, Mr. Gorey would create the plates by hand and supervise the printing of the images. At the time of his death, he also left behind a number of completed printing plates which were waiting to be produced. 17 of these plates have been printed and are available through the Edward Gorey House STORE.

To celebrate this facet of his career, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled E is for Elephants, The Etchings of Edward Gorey from September 23 - November 2, 2014. For more information on this upcoming exhibition, go HERE.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Random Walk by Edward Gorey

Published in the June 1995 issue of Worth Magazine, Random Walk by Edward Gorey is a self contained story in four panels. I am not sure if this is a solid business plan, but the second panel shows a customer looking in from outside the door and the fourth shows a potential client observing the item of the week.

Monday, July 28, 2014

1973 Edward Gorey Dracula Review

The July 16, 1973 issue of Newsweek included a review of the newly formed Nantucket Stage Company. Spearheaded by producer John Wulp, the newly formed company was able to produce a professional summer season of three plays which included a work by playwright John Guare, a piece penned by Wulp himself, and a revival of the 1927 stage version of Dracula - with sets and costumes by Edward Gorey.

Presented in a made-over schoolhouse, Mr. Gorey's sets and costumes "provide the right atmosphere of sophisticated scariness". This production would become the springboard for the legendary 1977 Broadway version.