Maira Kalman is known for vibrant illustrations that illuminate everything from her popular children's books to a slew of memorable New Yorker covers. Her latest masterpiece: an illustrated edition of the classic guidebook for writers, The Elements of Style.
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Maira Kalman at Barnes & Noble.
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
November 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Tel Aviv, Israel
New York University, 1967-70
The Society of Publication Designers, The Art Directors Club, AIGA, Horn Book, New York Times awards
Maira Kalman's official web site
|Kalman's Covers, Immortalized|
|The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine|
New Yorker (Editor), David Remnick (Introduction)
For the first time ever, every page of every issue of The New Yorker -- from full-color covers to spot drawings, from poetry to Profiles, from cartoons to classic advertisements -- is available on user-friendly, searchable DVDs in this comprehensive archive. It's a must-have for fans of Kalman and her classic, colorful New Yorker covers.
|"My short attention span has allowed me a life of diversity in work and place," Kalman explains in our interview. “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 and fabric for Isaac Mizrahi." However, she reveals, "I have a beautiful envelope full of rejection slips, including a nice one from The New Yorker."|
|Kalman for Kids||An Artist-Author's Inspiration|
|Hey Willy, See the Pyramids|
This children's book introduces Kalman's beloved character Max, a poetic dog who dreams of living in Paris while trying to make his way in "that crazy quivering wondering wild city," New York. Young readers can start with Hey Willy, and then follow Max on more urban adventures, including:
|Alice's Adventures in Wonderland|
"Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland made me feel that there were no limits to writing or drawing," Kalman reveals in our interview. "Adults and children could engage on different levels and have fun and feel a sense of beauty and imagination." Read on to learn about more books and authors that have inspired Kalman throughout her career.