Monday, January 24, 2011

Sculpture and Boris Artzybasheff

All artwork by Boris Artzybasheff

The title caught my eye, "Gay-Neck, the Story of a Pigeon."
How could I resist?

I confess that I haven't read Dhan Gopal Mukerji 's book, but I have devoured the black and white illustrations by Boris Artzybasheff. The book won the Newberry Award for children's literature in 1928. Both men lead pretty amazing lives, Gopal Mukerji came from an upper class Indian family and the other fled the Russian Revolution.

The artwork in Gay-neck looks like paper-cuts and is a wild blend of 1920's Deco and Indian patterning.

More work by Boris Artzybasheff in the next post.

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