Monday, April 25, 2016

Wormwood Review

The Wormwood Review was a literary magazine published from Fall 1959 through April 1999. According to The Wormwood Review: A Brief History ( ), the magazine was originally published in Mt. Hope, Connecticut, later moving to California.  The first issue was printed by three friends who used an antique letterpress located in a drafty barn on Wormwood hill. The motor of the press was not operational, consequently the press was operated manually, requiring a good deal of physical effort and precise timing. To brace themselves for the task, copious amounts of gin were consumed with the result that the type was crooked in many copies. The experience proved to be one that the publishers were not interested in repeating and subsequent issues were professionally printed.

Edward Gorey's one contribution to the Wormwood Review appears in Issue 84 (Volume 21, No.4), page 101, 700 copies, published in 1981. Mr. Gorey appears to have culled from one of his files of unused artwork, choosing an image from the early 1950's. The "Earbrass" style figure is identified at one Professor Q.E. Stramash, and obscure literary critic of appropriate eccentricity for a small literary publication. My favorite part of the illustration is the multiple pairs of eyeglasses scattered about Prof. Stramash's person.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Discount Tickets for GOREY (The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey)

This just in from the producers of GOREY (The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey):

Go Behind the Scenes
Meet the incredible actors who play 3 different versions of Edward Gorey - the eccentric, satirical, and fabulous aesthete who enraptured readers with his darkly subversive and delightful pen-and-ink drawings.

"GOREY is an excavation of the artist's memories," says playwright Travis Russ. "This play creatively blends fact and fiction allowing us to discover the real man behind the literary myth."

Through lush projections and inventive storytelling, this bold new play reveals Gorey's private life, his personal demons, and the heartbreaking loneliness of creative genius.

GOREY runs April 30-May 22 at HERE Arts Center.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Article on the 2016 EGH show

Here is a nice article on about the 2016 Edward Gorey House show:   Photo of the exhibition is by David Colantuono.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Celebrating and Remembering Edward Gorey

On April 15, 2000, Edward Gorey passed away, leaving behind a body of work that continues to amuse, amaze and inspire. In celebration of his life and works, The Edward Gorey House opens its 2016 exhibition today.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

2016 Edward Gorey House Exhibition

On April 15th, the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA opens its 2016 exhibition; Artifacts from the Archives, Rare, Never-seen, Hardly-Ever Seen & Rediscovered Works by Edward Gorey. The length of the show's title merely hints at the previously unseen treasures that will be on display through December 31, 2016.

This exhibition marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the museum in the home that Edward Gorey lived in from 1979 until his death in April 2000. A year after his passing, the home was opened as The Edward Gorey House and features an annual themed exhibition of his works.

Every year, the museum showcases rare and unusual pieces by the prolific Mr. Gorey, leaving one to marvel at the quantity of material he found time to create. The 2016 exhibition promises to be an "Alladin's Cave of Wonders" for the novice and seasoned admirer alike.

In addition to an extensive collection of drawings and paintings on display, there will be three dimensional objects, and several unpublished or unfinished books.  Also on display will be a large stash of art created by Edward (Ted to his friends and family) as a child and teenager that was preserved by his mother and later by himself. The inclusion of this material will give a full spectrum view of Mr. Gorey as an artist.

This exhibition promises to be a must see show for every Gorey enthusiast. For hours and other information on the show, go HERE.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Gorey Collection at The Library of Congress

"What are you going to do with all your stuff?" I have heard this question from friends, fellow collectors, and even people who come to my home to do repair work. This is a question that is posed to all collectors eventually. My response always begins, "I am still enjoying it on a daily basis." From there, the answer gets vague.

Over the past several years, a number of major Edward Gorey collections have transitioned away from the collectors who passionately and painstakingly acquired the mountains of books, ephemera, and artwork. Some have been sold through dealers or at auction, but there has also been a significant number of collections which have been donated to institutions or libraries.

The latest collection to move into a new permanent home is that of Glen Emil, the man behind, who has donated his collection to the Library of Congress. As reported on March 15, 2016 in the LOC's blog post by Erin Allen, Mr. Emil donated his collection to the LOC in December 2014. Hopes of an eventual exhibition are high. To read the blog post (a photo from the post appears above), go HERE.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey

A new theatrical production, The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey will be mounted by The Life Jacket Theater Company in NYC at the end of April. For more information on the production, performance schedule and ticket information, go HERE.