The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective & International Touring Exhibition at ART on 5th
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE CURATOR:
Saturday, April 5th 7:00-9:00 pm
8 pm presentation by Bill Dreyer, Curator The Art of Dr. Seuss
Monday, March 17th – Saturday, April 12th
Theodor Seuss Geisel’s unique artistic vision emerges as the golden thread linking each facet of his varied career.
From Monday, March 17th through Saturday, April 12th, ART on 5th of Austin will present The Art of Dr. Seuss ─ A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition, celebrating not only the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, but also chronicling the common artistic links found throughout Dr. Seuss’s nearly 70 years of creativity.
The Art of Dr. Seuss explores known and unknown facets of Ted Geisel’s life including careers as an editorial cartoonist, advertiser, military propagandist, children’s book author, poet, sculptor, and influential artist. Visitors chronologically walk through Dr. Seuss’s life as they weave through thirty-two didactic panels, intermingled with a mind altering collection of estate authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from Dr. Seuss’s original paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Works in the exhibition include both original materials and imagery re-created from significant public and private collections, including the University of California San Diego archives, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and the Dr. Seuss Estate, and feature rare and never-before-seen images from the 1920s to 1990s.
About the Artist: Theodor Seuss Geisel (American, 1904–1991)
Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, began his career as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920s. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture, and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination.
His unique artistic vision emerged as the golden thread which linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which 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 clever humor. Geisel singlehandedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th century and the inspired nonsense of a child’s classroom doodles.
Dr. Seuss was a political cartoonist for PM magazine during World War II, as well as a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. He had a long, successful advertising career, and was an Academy Award winner for his wartime documentaries, as well as his animated short film, Gerald McBoing Boing. He is currently best known as one of the most beloved and bestselling children’s authors of all time, having written and illustrated classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who! and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Today, he is recognized for his singular contribution as a unique and influential 20th century American artist, with works from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection hanging in galleries and private collections alongside contemporary, modern, and old masters.