The relationship between an author’s story and an artist’s vision is being explored in the Society of Illustrators’ Artist vs Author exhibit in New York.
“Why ‘versus’? Aren’t the artist and author on the same creative team? For every case like F. Scott Fitzgerald gushing that Henry Raleigh’s drawings are ‘the best I’ve ever seen,’ we have also seen the author’s cherished visual concepts complicated by the illustrator, who may alter a story’s point of view, elevate a character, or provide missing settings and costumes,” the Society outlines.
“The illustrator is drawing upon a different vocabulary, a different history, a different culture. Any synergy is missed when an image-less edition is published. Then again, is the clarity that illustration brings even wanted? J.D. Salinger famously resisted all attempts to illustrate him,” their description continues.
The connection between magazine and book co-creators is showcased in this exhibit and sale curated by Roger Reed. It features relationships from William Shakespeare as seen by Arthur Keller, to Toni Morrison as seen by Thomas Blackshear II, to Arthur Conan Doyle as seen by Sergio Martinez. Comedy, fantasy, westerns, and mystery are covered, by famous and unknown artists and authors alike.
The Society of Illustrators’ mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.
Founded in 1901, the Society is the oldest nonprofit organisation dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.
The Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. It offers year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. The Museum’s Permanent Collection houses 2500 pieces that are catalogued for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, they created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.
• Artist vs Author continues until 22nd October 2022 at the Society Of Illustrators, 128 West 63rd Street, New York City. Web: societyillustrators.org/event/artistvsauthor/