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Wild Things and Other Taboos: The Revolutionary Work of Maurice Sendak
Opening Reception: Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work
Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

June 11, 2013 - August 17, 2013

The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, an extraordinary exhibit of more than two hundred never-before-seen Sendak originals curated by rare-book dealers Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David. This exhibit will be on display in the Society’s main gallery June 11 - August 17, 2013.


Featuring rare studies, sketches, photographs, and ephemera, including previously unpublished artwork from Where the Wild Things Are, this exhibit will capturean audience spanning all generations. In this one-of-a-kind collection, the broad range of Sendak’s work—from his picture book and poster illustrations to his commercial and theater designs—is explored. Celebrated children’s book historian Leonard Marcus notes, “I think it’s safe to say that no other private collection touches [this], or even comes close.” (Publishers Weekly)


In conjunction with the exhibit Abrams will publish the catalogue Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work (Abrams; June 2013; U.S. $45.00/Can. $52.00; ISBN 978-1-4197-0826-8). The catalogue is a deeply personal and thoughtful tribute to a seminal artist whose singular vision has captured the imaginations of countless children and grown-ups throughout the world. Written by exhibit curators Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David and edited by Leonard S. Marcus, the catalogue also includes twelve essays from prominent scholars and historians including Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky. Exclusive to the Society of Illustrators,a limited number of paperback copies will be sold in the Museum’s gift shop for$29.95.


Both the catalogue and the exhibition are timed to what would have been Sendak’s eighty-fifth birthday, on June 10, and the fiftieth anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are in 2013. There could not be a more ideal time to commemorate Maurice Sendak’s extraordinary career.

Related Events

Opening Reception, Society of Illustrators, June 14th, 7:00pm

Wild Things and Other Taboos, Society of Illustrators, June 19th, 7:00pm

On Maurice Sendak, 92YTribeca, July 16th, 7:00pm


About the Curators/Authors
Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David are curators and rare-book dealers specializing in children’s literature and art books. Schiller was one of the principal founders of the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1957, and is the author of a number of journal and magazine articles, including “Sendak All Around” (2003), as well as the catalogue Sendak in Asia (1996). Justin G. Schiller Ltd. is the oldest specialist in antiquarian children’s books. Schiller and David live in Kingston, New York, and New York City.


View the press release to learn more about the catalog.