Art in Print
Entire art gallery of Ladybird book covers is world first
If all you knew of the world came from a Ladybird book, wouldn’t the world be a magical place? For the first time, the archive of artworks from the Ladybird books will go on permanent display at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. More than 20,000 images have been preserved by the Reading University since Penguin took over from the original publishers.
The display will include original artwork by some of the Ladybird’s best illustrators. Amongst some of the pieces on display are Charles Tunnicliffe’s enchanting views of a hare leaping from a newly ploughed furrow. His drawings of nature are truly genius. Since the first issue in 1915, the books have changed very little in standard. Within the cramped format, the authors tackled a wide range of complex and varied subjects like nuclear power, Arthurian legend or practical woodwork. Now, for the first time in 40 years, new artwork was commissioned for Prince Charles’s book and two others. Before that, illustrations were endlessly recycled and updated where necessary.
Whether the exhibition will incite feelings of nostalgia or worry about the simplistic view of the world we were presented with, is up to you to go discover this March.
Why are we still obsessed with Lady Diana’s style?
Diana: Her Fashion Story opens today at Kensington Palace. The exhibition is part of the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of princess Diana’s death. In an exhibition feature in The New York Times, Elizabeth Paton writes about the tantalizing effect Lady Diana has on us.
At the time, Diana was one of the most photographed women in the world. Her every fashion choice was evaluated by millions and her rise to the top had in no small part to do with her fashion choices. The exhibition explores how the princess learned to use fashion to champion the causes that were close to her heart. In the article, five people who knew the princess comment on what they think made to princess so memorable.
The New York Times International
Andy Warhol’s death: not so simple, after all
American doctor John Ryan has been researching Andy Warhol’s death. It was previously considered that he died after a routine surgery. Dr. Ryan, a medical historian and retired surgeon, states that Warhol underwent a major surgery instead of just a routine one. Ryan presented his findings at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association and declares that his death should not be seen as such a surprise. The Pop Art artist had been dealing with serious health issues for several years. As he was afraid of hospitals, he kept postponing a visit. Just like his family, Warhol had been dealing with gallbladder trouble for the past 15 years and in the month before his death, the artist was seriously ill but had done his best to hide this in public. As only a brilliant surgeon and a lot of luck would have been able to save his life, the modern art genius died in the emergency room with nine damaged organs.