M, 2018

29jun - 7sepAll DayThe exhibition Golden Legacy: 75 Years of Art from Golden Books on view in Atlanta(All Day) Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, 500 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5714Event Organized By: National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature


Event Details

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books debuted at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) as Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books in the fall of 2007. Curated by Leonard Marcus, this is the most extensive public showing of original illustration art from American publishing’s most loved and consequential picture-book series, Little Golden Books. Celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary in 2007, this exhibition continues to enthrall audiences during its travels. To celebrate it’s seventy-five years, this exhibition has been updated with the addition of artwork from contemporary Little Golden book artists.

Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious projects were the greats of the European émigré community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the conditions in Europe worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller, and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and such American originals as Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.

Sixty-five masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—are featured in the exhibition, including art from such picture-book classics as The Poky Little PuppyTootleHome for a BunnyThe Kitten who thought he was a MouseThe Color KittensI Can Fly, and more.

Among the high-profile LGB illustrators who had worked as animation artists for Disney and other companies were (clockwise from top) Gustaf Tenggren, Alice and Martin Provensen, and Mary Blair.


june 29, 2018, 12:00 am - september 7, 2018, 11:59 pm


Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking

500 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5714


National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature102 Cedar Street, Abilene, TX 79601

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