“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.
Aiming to explain how an art exhibition comes to be, Globus starts with the art's creation, introducing Viola, a brown-skinned sculptor who "makes art of rock, marble, metal, and clay," and Sebastian, a tan-skinned painter of "shapes and lines on canvases of all sizes." Globus is particularly good at explaining these imagined creators' processes: Viola "finds forms like circles, swirls, and lines in nature and makes them into something brand new." But the actual organizing impulse of an exhibition—usually centered in curatorial thinking and development-office needs—is obscured by a flurry of democratically mentioned roles, from a lighting designer to an event coordinator and a museum guard (readers don't meet the museum's curator until after the art pieces arrive). 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. Ages 3–7.