The Principles of Uncertainty

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Overview

Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in this inimitable combination of image and text

An irresistible invitation to experience life through a beloved artist's psyche, The Principles of Uncertainty is a compilation of Maira Kalman's New York Times columns. Part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman, these brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images-which initially appear random-ultimately form an intricately ...

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Overview

Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in this inimitable combination of image and text

An irresistible invitation to experience life through a beloved artist's psyche, The Principles of Uncertainty is a compilation of Maira Kalman's New York Times columns. Part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman, these brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images-which initially appear random-ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594201349
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 425,274
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Maira Kalman

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."

Biography

Maira Kalman is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker magazine and has written and illustrated more than a dozen children's books. Her articles and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Interview, and many other publications. Kalman has designed products for the Museum of Modern Art under the M&Co. label, fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, and sets for Mark Morris Dance Group. A teacher of graduate design at the School of Visual Arts, she lives in New York with her two children and a dog.

Author biography courtesy of the New York Public Library.

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Kalman told us that she is the co-founder of the Rubber Band Society, is looking for a job in a café, adores ping-pong, and is very, very neat.

"My short attention span has allowed me a life of diversity in work and place, Kalman explains. "I work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. I design products for The Museum of Modern Art. I design fabrics, and accessories for Kate Spade, fabric for Isaac Mizrahi."

"I travel as much as I can without being miserable from jet lag," she reveals. "I always remember that I don't really know what I am doing, and armed with that knowledge am very sure of myself."

Kalman reflects, "I consider my work to be about humor and love of life, and can do that when I am not terrified, which is often, but there you go."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 15, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tel Aviv, Israel
    1. Education:
      New York University, 1967-70
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

The Principles of Uncertainty May 2006
Sorry, the Rest Unknown

June 2006
Celestial harmony

July 2006
Cherubim and Seraphim

August 2006
Heaven on Earth

September 2006
Still

October 2006
Collecting Myself

November 2006
Paris

December 2006
Ich Habe Genug

January 2007
Completely

February 2007
The Impossibility of February

March 2007
One Thing Leads To Another

April 2007
Finale

Index

Appendix

Map of USA by Sara Berman

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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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.

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    Posted July 30, 2008

    Insight Made Visible

    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.

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