Friday, October 30, 2009

If like me you love Mary Blair's style, you probably already own John Canemaker's excellent biography The Art and Flair of Mary Blair... and find it frustratingly short. I have a feeling that John would not disagree with you.

If it is the case, you need to do everything in your power to get ahold of the catalog of the Japanese exhibition The Colors of Mary Blair. It is 300-page long and quite simply stunning. I had never seen so much Mary Blair art in one single place, including 38 concept paintings for the abandoned project Penelope, 38 from the never completed Baby Ballet, and countless from all the other projects Mary worked on. As if this weren't enough, the book also contains some art by Preston and Lee Blair to round it of, as well as a foreword by Pete Docter and an intro by John Canemaker (in Japanese and English).

Are you will wondering if you need to email Howard Lowery to pick up your copy? Then let me summarize: this book will clearly make it to my "Best 5 Disney History Books" list for 2009. In second position, just after South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program 1941-1948. This is a "must-have" if there is one.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Unfortunately I believe Howard is already sold out.