Maira Kalman


While illustrator Maira Kalman's book And the Pursuit of Happiness is not expected to come out until later this year, we have a new book on Kalman at D+Q right now that catalogues her wonderfully exuberant career. Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a crazy world) functions as an accompaniment to the Kalman exhibit showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pensylvannia, featuring paintings, drawings, embroideries, and other works by Kalman, as well as essays by her colleagues.


This is my absolute favourite illustration presented in the book. Everything about it makes me swoon and sigh with delight.


A view of Kalman's installation for the exhibition, featuring many of the objects that Kalman joyfully collects.

Check out the book! It's such a pleasure to be able to peak into Kalman's unique world of colour, quirk and humour.












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