It operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism
On "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey" at the Boston Athenæum.
was right!Support The
One can usually identify Edward Gorey to those not familiar with his name by reminding them of the opening credits for pbs’s Mystery!. But this represents a single item in an oeuvre that includes over one hundred books of his own authorship, illustrations for fifty more written by others, designs for the stage, and stuffed animals that he sewed himself. Nearly 200 works are featured in an exhibition entitled “Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” which originated at the Brandywine Museum and now appears at the Boston Athenæum, accompanied by a catalogue written beautifully by The New Criterion’s own Karen Wilkin. The show attests to the pictorial genius of a man with outsize erudition, a maudlin yet gleeful sense of humor, and an infectious love of language.
Gorey may not have been the first to mark off the territory between death and light entertainment—credit for that probably ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 29 April 2011, on page 50
Copyright © 2013 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Exhibition-note-7011
E-mail to friend
On "Dreams of Nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky” at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
On "Johann Zoffany RA: Society Observed” at the Yale Center for British Art.
On "Morris Graves: Falcon of the Inner Eye, A Centennial Celebration” at the Michael Roesenfeld Gallery, New York.
by Karen Wilkin
On the refurbished Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and "The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America" at the newly renovated Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.
by Mario Naves
On "Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Andrew C. McCarthy talks Islam
Poet George Green reads from his award-winning Lord Byron's Foot
Celebration of the Life of Robert H. Bork, 1927–2012
by Eric Simpson
Jun 11, 2013 05:23 PM