In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines. cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."
The Principles of Uncertaintyby Maira Kalman
The Principles of Uncertainty is an irresistible invitation to experience life through the psyche of Maira Kalman, one of this country's most beloved artists. The result is a book that is part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook,/i>
Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in an inimitable combination of image and text.
The Principles of Uncertainty is an irresistible invitation to experience life through the psyche of Maira Kalman, one of this country's most beloved artists. The result is a book that is part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman. Her brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images-which initially appear random-ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue. Kalman contends with some existential questions-What is identity? What is happiness? Why do we fight wars? And then, of course, death, love, and candy (not necessarily in that order).
The tremendous success of Kalman's 2005 illustrated edition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style established her as an original, inspirational voice, and the quirky, hilarious, heartbreaking style of The Principles of Uncertainty reveals Maira Kalman for what she truly is: a national treasure.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
- New York, New York
- Date of Birth:
- November 15, 1949
- Place of Birth:
- Tel Aviv, Israel
- New York University, 1967-70
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This book can be read in less than an hour but I highly suggest the reader take the time to enjoy and reflect not only on the words but on the pictures and paintings as well. This is a whimsical book that will entertain as well as provide insight and illumination.
This is a treasure- an oppportunity to join a wise and generous soul who chronicles the unusual and everyday about her life's experiences with an uncanny ability to conjur meaning. It's witty, touching, a kick. I return to it when I need to 'reset' and give it to friends to share the delight. Originally published online by the New York Times, it was a gift. Still is.