Saturday, September 27, 2014

Edward Gorey's Dracula in Houston About To Take Flight

The witching hour approaches when Edward Gorey's iconic production of Dracula will once again come to life on the stage of the Alley Theater in Houston Texas. A September 26 article in the Houston Chronicle outlines the challenges of recreating the sets from the 1977 production. To read the article, go HERE.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Edward Gorey Etching Exhibition Article

The Cape Cod Times has published an excellent article about the current E is for Elephants show of etchings and ephemera. Go HERE to see the article.

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 1948 until the 1980'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?