Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Drawing Lines––Robert Weaver at Olin LIbrary

Our juniors are beginning a reportage project on Friday. For starters, we visited an exhibition curated by Skye Lacerte on the work of illustrator Robert Weaver, presented in the cases outside special collections in Olin Library (on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis). Documented here via several crappy iPhone photos.

Longtime readers of this blog know that Weaver's work lives in the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University. I've written often about Weaver, whose work set the standard for an engaged–activist–journalistic illustration practice in the shifting editorial landscape of the late 1950s and 60s. Particularly relevant posts are viewable here and here.
Skye's exhibition does an excellent job of capturing Weaver's highly formal informality. She's also excavated some of the New York Magazine tearsheets for projects I hadn't seen in context.

There's a great deal more to be written, but for now suffice to say: a treat, and up through September 30. Stay tuned for a special event associated with the exhibition, planned for September 29...

Here, a glimpse of an extremely influential illustrator being influenced: the touch of Ben Shahn is quite apparent in this drawing, and in several other pieces, too.

Congratulations, Skye, on a great show!

Juniors, we'll be taking the train on our own urban explorations come Friday. Remember to pick up your Metrolink passes tomorrow!

Our friend Miroslav Sasek shows the way, from This is London (1959). It's important to stress as we begin that there are lots of ways to report from the world, not just Weaver's...

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