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Kurt Vonnegut Drawings
by Kurt Vonnegut and Nanette Vonnegut and Peter Reed


Overview - Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and
influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a
gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny,
strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced gift
volume for every Vonnegut fan.
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More About Kurt Vonnegut Drawings by Kurt Vonnegut; Nanette Vonnegut; Peter Reed
 
 
 
Overview
Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and
influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a
gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny,
strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced gift
volume for every Vonnegut fan.
Kurt Vonnegut's daughter Nanette introduces this volume of his never before
published drawings with an intimate remembrance of her father. Vonnegut always
drew, and many of his novels contain sketches. "Breakfast of Champions" (1973)
included many felt-tip pen drawings, and he had a show in 1983 of his drawings at
New York's Margo Feiden Gallery, but really got going in the early 1990s when he
became acquainted with the screenprinter Joe Petro III, who became his partner in
making his colorful drawings available as silkscreens.
With a touch of cubism, mixed with a Paul Klee gift for caricature, a Calder-like ability
to balance color and line, and more than a touch of sixties psychedelic sensibility,
Vonnegut's aesthetic is as idiosyncratic and defiant of tradition as his books. While
writing came to be more onerous in his later years, making art became his joyful
primary activity, and he made drawings up until his death in 2007. This volume, and a
planned touring exhibition of the drawings, will introduce Vonnegut's legion of fans to
an entirely new side of his irrepressible creative personality.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781580933773
  • ISBN-10: 1580933777
  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 176


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Books > Art > Individual Artists - General
Books > Art > American - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-05-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

From a novelist "tired of having to hit home runs all the time as a writer," according to his daughter, the artist Nanette Vonnegut, who introduces the collection, Vonnegut's absurd, curious, and absorbing "doodles" lend "another perspective on restless imagination" which produced such classics as Slaughterhouse Five. Dating mostly from 1985-87, and hitherto unseen in exhibition or print, the drawings riff on cubism, "geometric abstracts," "simplified realism," and the human face with the same kind of satiric wit that characterizes his fiction. The "wildly various" works include the caricatures of the "Self-Portraits," the bright whimsy of "Abstraction," and the playful "Letters" with their curving, bubbly lines. "Lines," "Things," and "Looking at Things" invite yet defy insights into Vonnegut's fiction, and the last "Words" seem to mock the whole enterprise of creation, the concluding image a canopied staircase inscribed with: "There is a ceiling on human thoughts." Perhaps so, but the refreshing images featured here "illustrate beautifully a creative mind at play," and will delight Vonnegut fans. 145 color illus. (May)

 
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