Monday, April 9, 2018
Murder He Wrote, Edward Gorey and the Art of the Mystery will be on display at until December 30 of this year.
Each year, the Edward Gorey House puts together a unique display of works by and about Mr. Gorey. These themed exhibitions draw on pieces in the Gorey Archives, and also on loans of rare materials from private collectors. Each exhibition is a unique opportunity to view works inside the home where Mr. Gorey created many of his signature works.
Edward Gorey was an avid murder mystery reader, and he was especially fond of the works of Agatha Christie, to whom he dedicated his 1971 book, The Awdrey-Gore Legacy. Original artwork from this, and several other published works by Mr. Gorey will be displayed in the exhibition. Crimes, both perpetrated and solved, will be explored and revealed. Previously unpublished artwork by Mr. Gorey will be included in the exhibit, giving visitors the added thrill of seeing artwork for the first time. Plan your visit now!
Monday, April 2, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The last image is probably the best realized of the grouping, with a woman offering a treat to a long eared dog that has been stuffed into an urn, while the sun observes the scene from behind a passing cloud.
None of these images were put into production, and plates no longer appear to exist. On viewing these prints as a group, it becomes clear that they represent early trials that were abandoned by Edward Gorey in favor of other images. These pieces were most likely created during the printmaking courses that Mr. Gorey attended at the local community college. It is instructive to see some of the perceived failures, and the group provides insight into Mr. Gorey's hands-on approach to his printmaking endeavors.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Over the years, Edward Gorey was commissioned to create many illustrations for TV Guide. His illustrations for the magazine were usually in color, and often added a humorous touch to the articles they accompanied. These ephemeral pieces usually make only one appearance in print, and then are forgotten until someone runs across them years later when leafing through back issues of the magazine. This article, published in the July 12, 1990 issue, discusses the perils of being a TV obituary writer when caught unawares by the sudden death of public figure. Even though the drawing can never really be seen properly because it bridges the spine, it remains a delightful image.
Monday, February 19, 2018
The Edward Gorey exhibition Gorey's Worlds at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is on display February 10 - March 6, 2018. Long after this interesting exhibition closes, the accompanying book Gorey's Worlds (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in association with Princeton University Press, 160 pages, 2018) by curator Erin Monroe will be a vital reference for those interested in Mr. Gorey's works.
The lavishly illustrated volume focus on the portion of Edward Gorey's personal art collection which the artist bequeathed to the Wadsworth upon his passing in April 2000. The gift of 73 paintings, prints, and drawings provides unique insight into the art that excited and inspired Mr. Gorey daily. Supplementing the gifted works are works by Mr. Gorey himself. Visual and contextual comparisons are made in the volume's four essays by various contributors, each of which highlights a different aspect of the exhibition.
Gorey's Worlds can be ordered from the Wadsworth HERE.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Several pieces of artwork from the 1950's version were displayed at The Edward Gorey House in 2016 as part of their Artifacts from the Archives exhibit. This exhibit reunited interior drawings from this book that remain in the Gorey archives with this dust wrapper design that was borrowed from a private collection. The dust wrapper artwork is now in my collection.
An interesting characteristic of this piece of art is that the title was reworked by Edward Gorey and a changed version was pasted over the original title. When I acquired the piece, the seventy year old glue used on the paste-up had dried out and the title was in danger of becoming detached from the surface of the artwork. As part of my conservation of the piece, I gently removed the paste-up which revealed the original title drawing. After documenting the original version, the revised title has been repositioned using archival materials.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
Gorey's Worlds. The exhibition, which opens on February 10 and continues through May 6, will showcase artwork that inspired Edward Gorey and informed his personal work.
After Edward Gorey passed away in 2000, the Wadsworth received a legacy from the artist of 73 art pieces that he collected and lived with in his Cape Cod home. The prints, photographs, and drawings range in date from the 19th century to the 1980's. The exhibition will give viewers an extraordinary insight into the artwork that inspired Mr. Gorey and that he viewed daily in his home. This is the first time since their donation that the pieces are being exhibited.
Also included in the exhibition will be original art by Edward Gorey that has been culled from the Gorey Archives and several collectors.
The core exhibition will travel to the Tacoma Art Museum from June 23 - September 30, 2018. A catalog of the exhibition will be forthcoming. For more information on the Wadsworth, the exhibition, and related programming at the museum go HERE.
Artwork shown above: Haunted America by Edward Gorey: watercolor, pen & ink 1990. The Woman and the Bear by Edvard Munch, lithograph 1908-9. Passageway by Eugene Atget, gelatin silver print, N.d..
Monday, January 8, 2018
According to her New York Times obituary, Ms. Grafton credited Edward Gorey's 1963 work The Gashlycrumb Tinies as her inspiration for the alphabetical structure of the series:
“I was smitten with all those little Victorian children being dispatched in various ways,” she told The New York Times in 2015. “ ‘A is for Amy who fell down the stairs; B is for Basil assaulted by bears; C is for Clara who wasted away; D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.’ Edward Gorey was deliciously bent.”
I is for inspiration!
Monday, January 1, 2018
Edward Gorey does not appear particularly at ease during the interview, but his recent success on Broadway with Dracula has put him in the spotlight. He often fidgets in his chair and produces several loud, nervous coughs during his half hour chat with Mr. Cavett. It is an interview that is worth viewing however. When given the opportunity to expound on a subject, Mr. Gorey is informative and entertaining, and his hands are fascinating to watch for their expressiveness, especially in repose.
The typescript of the full interview has been published in the book Ascending Peculiarity, but spending the half hour with Edward Gorey in person adds a layer of depth to the interview that is not present in the transcript. While watching the interview, it is easy to see how Edward Gorey could be played successfully on film by actor Jim Parsons. The full interview can be viewed here: