Exhibit | June 7, 2010

Eric Carle Prints and Papers

Eric Carle, internationally known for his beautiful and highly original tissue paper collages, employs bright colors and bold shapes to create images that are appealing and direct. The Carle’s new exhibition in the West Gallery, Eric Carle Prints and Papers, provides a rare opportunity to view some of his lesser known work in printmaking. It is on exhibit through September 5, 2010.

While working as a freelance graphic designer in advertising during the 1950s and 1960s, Carle created artwork in a variety of mediums including watercolor, linocuts, and collage.  His first major publishing project, illustrating Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with Bill Martin Jr. led to other projects, including a cookbook, which used the linoleum-cut printing technique. This approach enabled Carle to accommodate the extensive text while maintaining a bold graphic presence. Eric Carle: Prints and Papers compares Carle’s early and later works in differing artistic techniques.

Prints and Papers is a complement to the woodcuts of Antonio Frasconi on exhibition in the East Gallery which closes on June 13th. The Art Studio, open every day, also further extends the experience by inviting visitors to create their own stamps.

About The Museum:
Together with his wife Barbara, Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.

The Museum-which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a Café, and a Museum Shop-is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. The Museum is open Mondays in July and August (except July 5 and August 9). Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.
Sandy Soderberg
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
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