Monday, March 3, 2008


William Steig Art Show
at the Jewish Museum in New York

Author and illustrator William Steig's books for children--Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Amazing Bone, Brave Irene, Doctor DeSoto, Shrek, Dominic, Abel's Island, and many more---are sweet and sly, poignant and clever, silly and serious. He was a "sublime doodler;" but the black lines he drew were so imbued with integrity and clarity that his characters never appeared cartoonish. His stories and illustrations never condescended to children--- or adults either.

If you can get to the Jewish Museum in New York -- run and see the show before it closes on March 16th. Along with illustrations from his children books, the show includes work from his 50 years drawing for the New Yorker magazine. If you cannot get to the show, Yale University Press has published a beautiful book 0f Steig's work to accompany the show with an introduction by Maurice Sendak--The Art if William Steig.

For more information on the show:

Read the New York Tines Review:

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