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Making a Great Exhibition (Books for Kids, Art for Kids, Art Book)

Illustrated by Rose Blake
Published by David Zwirner Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

“It never occurred to me while growing up that art is an industry involving countless jobs, so if this book helps shed light to just one kid that it is a viable career option, then it has done its job, as art is indescribably important!” —Oliver Jeffers, Artist and Illustrator

“This book so beautifully explains to kids what goes into making an art exhibition. It’s not just about an artist hanging something on a wall for people to see: it’s so much more lively, layered, and community-driven. Even I learned a ton about what truly goes into a fantastic art show!”  —Joy Cho, Author and Founder of Oh Joy!

“I wish I’d had this book when I was a kid! I always wanted my art to be in a big museum one day but, growing up in a small town, that just seemed impossible. Making a Great Exhibition is a beautifully illustrated behind-the-scenes peek at exactly how art makes its way from an artist’s mind to the big white walls of a fancy gallery. Turns out, there are a lot of people, with some very cool jobs, who make the magic happen—and any book that shows kids (and parents!) they can grow up to have a career in the arts is okay by me!” —Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator

 

An exciting insight into the workings of artists and museums, Making a Great Exhibition is a colorful and playful introduction geared to children ages 3-7

How does an artist make a sculpture or a painting? What tools do they use? What happens to the artwork next? This fun, inside look at the life of an artwork shows the journey of two artists’ work from studio to exhibition. Stopping along the way we meet colorful characters—curators, photographers, shippers, museum visitors, and more!
 
Both illustrator and author were raised in the art world, spending their time in studios, doing homework in museum offices, and going to special openings. They have teamed up to share their experiences and love for this often mysterious world to a young audience. London-based illustrator Rose Blake is best known for her work in A History of Pictures for Children, by David Hockney and Martin Gayford, which has been a worldwide success. Author Doro Globus brings her love for the arts and kids together with this fun journey.

About The Author

Doro Globus is the managing director of David Zwirner Books and has worked in arts publishing for fifteen years. She has edited a wide variety of books from Michael Bracewell: The Space Between (2012) to About Bridget Riley: Selected Writings 1999–2016 (2017) and has written on Dawn Ades, Bridget Riley, Fred Wilson, and others.

About The Illustrator

Rose Blake is an illustrator and artist making drawings and pictures from a railway arch by a canal in London. Her book A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings (2018), written by David Hockney and Martin Gayford, won the New Horizons award at the 2019 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Her newest project, Meet the Artist: Andy Warhol, was published alongside the Warhol retrospective at Tate Modern, London, in 2020. She won the D&AD New Blood award in 2009. She has worked with a wide range of clients including The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, BBC, Google, Soho House, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Transport for London, and Disney. She is currently illustrating her ninth children’s book.

Product Details

  • Publisher: David Zwirner Books (September 28, 2021)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644230497

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Raves and Reviews

“Blake’s illustrations use clean swaths of bold color with graphic yet intricately painted figures and details…The language is simple, clear and precise, making it easy for children to understand all the various ways they could take part in making a great exhibition.”

– Javaka Steptoe, The New York Times

"Blake’s hip illustrations employ blocky, crisp shapes in saturated color, with captions and labels identifying objects and processes. Visual Easter eggs for arty adults, such as a mini depiction of Donald Judd’s Writings, conjure a certain in-the-know art-world cool."

– Publisher's Weekly

"...an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections."

– Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch

“No one makes art alone, and any exhibition is the combination of a team effort, most of which goes unsung, so it's wonderful this book highlights the myriad jobs, roles, and skill sets that are involved in bringing art from inside an artist’s head to a form that can be seen by anyone and everyone. It never occurred to me while growing up that art is an industry involving countless jobs, so if this book helps shed light to just one kid that it is a viable career option, then it has done its job, as art is indescribably important!”

– Oliver Jeffers, Artist and Illustrator

“I wish I’d had this book when I was a kid! I always wanted my art to be in a big museum one day but, growing up in a small town, that just seemed impossible. Making a Great Exhibition is a beautifully illustrated behind-the-scenes peek at exactly how art makes its way from an artist’s mind to the big white walls of a fancy gallery. Turns out, there are a lot of people, with some very cool jobs, who make the magic happen—and any book that shows kids (and parents!) they can grow up to have a career in the arts is okay by me!”

– Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator

“This book so beautifully explains to kids what goes into making an art exhibition. It’s not just about an artist hanging something on a wall for people to see: it’s so much more lively, layered, and community-driven. Even I learned a ton about what truly goes into a fantastic art show!”

– Joy Cho, Author and Founder of Oh Joy!

"Doro Globus and Rose Blake take a highly complex process, often years in the making, to explore the many details that make up an exhibition. The images and the text perfectly complement each other, allowing young people (and old!) to grasp the full scope of creating an exhibition. After decades of working in a museum, I can attest to the gift that this book is. It will inspire children of all ages as they see the behind-the-scenes activities of assembling such an accomplishment!"

– Emily Rafferty, President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“I absolutely love it! I was a big fan of Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day—must have read it one thousand times to my son when he was little. This seems to take some of that wonderful spirit, and has just as much charm. Right now, when there are so many obstacles being thrown in the way of young people getting involved in the arts, this book could not be more timely. It looks like just the invitation into the world of art that might make a real difference. Bravo! It would be great to see one in every primary school in the country.”

– Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society

"Making a Great Exhibition is a book that every art-loving kid (and parent) will want to have at home. The beautiful illustrations transform the people who work in a museum into superheroes, who will inspire the next generation of creatives. With tons of little details, the book offers endless things for kids to look at and learn, meaning that the book will grow along with them."

– Jessica Stewart, My Modern Met

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