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The Art of Dr. Seuss


Wed 16 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 17 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 18 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 19 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 20 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Ronald Epskamp

He began his career as an editorial cartoonist in the 1920’s and in the years that followed he delivered 44 children’s books, over 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters, and Seussian humour.

Whilst everyone may be familiar with Seuss’ book illustrations most of the public are unaware that Seuss was foremost a visual artist who painted and sculpted for his own enjoyment. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would someday be evaluated, not only as an author, but also as an artist in his own right.

In 1997, this dream was realized when The Art of Dr. Seuss project was launched. For the first time in history, collectors were able to see and acquire lithographs, serigraphs and sculpture reproduced from Geisel’s original drawings and paintings. In her introduction to the collection Audrey Geisel wrote, “I remember telling Ted that there would come a day when many of his paintings would be seen and he would thus share with his fans another facet of himself – his private self. That day has come. I am glad.”

This historic project has opened the world’s eyes to the unique artistic talent of Dr. Seuss and, as such, galleries, museums and collectors have helped make Audrey Geisel’s promise, and Dr. Seuss’s dream, a reality.

This exhibition includes his illustration Art, Unorthodox Taxidermy and his not to be missed Secret Art Series. A selection of authorised estate edition prints adapted posthumously are available for sale.

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