Maurice Sendak Wild Things art exhibition opens at Sotheby's

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2015-11-23 11:53:36

A selling exhibition of original artwork by Maurice Sendak, creator of the children's classic 'Where the Wild Things Are', is currently open at Sotheby's in New York.

The exhibition will feature 47 original illustrations, making it the largest single grouping of Wild Things art ever offered for sale.

Sendak (1928-2012) has been described as "the most important children's book artist of the 20th century", and his original artworks are highly sought-after.

During his career Sendak donated all his original book illustration artwork to The Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which currently houses almost 10,000 works of art, manuscripts, books anditems of ephemera.

However, he allowed his original advertising artwork to be sold through galleries and auction houses, making this the primary source of original 'Wild Things' themed artwork for most collectors.

The works featured in the Sotheby's exhibition were acquired of the course of 45 years by two private collectors and close friends of Sendak, with the majority of items offered publically for sale for the first time.

Unique highlights include Sendak's original wild Things-theme artwork for a poster advertising the 1979 'New York Is Book Country Festival'; a Christmas-themed artwork which appeared on the 30 December 1976 issue of Rolling Stone magazine; and poster for the 1985 Jewish Book Month.

The exhibition includes numerous original works and preliminary sketches from the 1997 Bell Atlantic 'Wild Things are Happening' campaign – the first time Sendak had allowed his Wild Things characters to be used for commercial advertising.

In addition to the artworks, the exhibition also features a number of three-dimensional objects decorated by Sendak, such as a hand-painted tabletop cow sculpture (named Moo-Reese) created for a fund-raiser to support the Chicago Opera Theater.

Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak is currently on display at Sotheby's in New York, and runs until Friday December 18.

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