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Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library.

It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artifacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake – who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the elixir of life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.

This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will be published by Scholastic on October 20, 2017.

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It’s Alive! Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Posters From The Kirk Hammett Collection Book

One of the world’s premier collections of horror and sci-fi movie posters comes, not altogether surprisingly, from Kirk Hammett of Metallica, one of the most successful and beloved bands in rock history. Long before Hammett assumed the heavy metal mantle as Metallica’s lead guitarist, he was obsessed with the imaginative universe of horror. From the age of six, he gathered toys, ephemera, and memorabilia from his favorite films. This generously illustrated book highlights the finest examples from Hammett’s personal collection—an astonishing trove of horror and sci-fi film posters that span the history of the genre—along with intriguing essays by Daniel Finamore, Joseph LeDoux, and Steve Almond on the rise of horror culture and the rise it gives us.

The publication accompanies the exhibition “It’s Alive!”: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from August 12 to November 26, 2017.

Daniel Finamore is The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum. Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University in the Center for Neural Science and directs the Emotional Brain Institute of New York University and the Nathan Kline Institute. Steve Almond is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, and the co-host of WBUR’s Dear Sugar Radio.

The 120 page hardcover book features 90 color illustrations and retails for $30. You can order a copy HERE.

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The Art of Spider-Man Society of Illustrators Catalog

Presenting 50-pages of images from the first ever Society of Illustrators exhibition of original Spider-Man artwork by John Romita and other significant artists including Steve Ditko, Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others.

Includes essays and descriptions from the exhibition. Purchase HERE for $20.

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Batman vs. Boba Fett By Alex Ross

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Famed comic book artist, Alex Ross tweeted this image of Batman vs. Boba Fett from his upcoming exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum and the beloved illustrator broke the internet!

Fans are clamoring to see the actual painting with the hopes that a print might ensue!

The Dark Knight battling the Star Wars bounty hunter is just one of 100 new original paintings that will be showcased in the exhibit, Superheroes and Superstars: The Recent Works of Alex Ross.

3,500 square feet of gallery space will feature Alex’s paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years as well as works from current and upcoming high-profile projects. In addition, several never-before-seen personal artworks will be on display, including crossover battles between popular characters from comic books and film.

Ross has graciously offered to prepare an original artwork for Norman Rockwell Museum to promote this tour, which will be available to the public in print and poster form exclusively at www.nrm.org.

What piece will he use to promote the tour? I think the fans have spoken!

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Chaotic Passions: Guillermo del Toro And Collecting

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Guillermo del Toro considers his collections to be essential sources of nourishment and inspiration. He has accumulated hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculptures, books, and specimens over many years, pursuing longstanding passions and making new discoveries. The collection grows organically but not haphazardly, with del Toro fully involved in arranging and maintaining it. Indeed, the filmmaker’s collections are essential to his working process—they constitute his environment and, grouped into thematic libraries, stand for the various genres and subgenres he wanders among as a storyteller.

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Del Toro’s notebooks, collections, and domestic environment point to the curatorial aspects of his approach to filmmaking. On one level, he carefully constructs and stages his films in the manner of an exhibition. On another level, he fills their plots with commentaries about the social, psychological, and spiritual power of objects. For del Toro, collecting is a fruitful creative activity—one he pursues with awareness of historic precedents and with his own distinct intentions. In Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, on view at LACMA from August 1 through November 27, del Toro demonstrates the energizing effects of cross-pollination among genres, categories, and disciplines.

Read more HERE.

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Guillermo del Toro Art Exhibit To Open At LACMA In July 2016

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to announce Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters (July 31–November 27, 2016), the filmmaker’s first museum retrospective. The exhibition explores del Toro’s creative process by bringing together elements from his films, objects from his vast personal collections, drawings from his notebooks, and approximately 60 objects from LACMA’s permanent collection. The diverse range of media—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes, and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad scope of del Toro’s inspirations.

Following its presentation at LACMA, Guillermo del Toro will travel to its co-organizing institutions: the Minneapolis Institute of Art (February 26–May 21, 2017) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (September 30, 2017–January 7, 2018).

To coincide with the exhibit Insight Editions will publish, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters.

This 144 page book will be the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition, which focuses on del Toro’s creative process, including the well-defined themes that he obsessively returns to in all his films, the journals in which he logs his ideas, and the vast and inspiring collection of art and pop culture ephemera that he has amassed at his private “man cave,” Bleak House. Filled with imagery from the exhibit, including favorite pieces of art that del Toro has chosen for the exhibit, and pertinent journal pages, the book will further delve further into the director’s world through exclusive in-depth interviews and commentary from notable figures in the art world. Forming a perfect companion to the exhibition, this book will deliver an engrossing look into the mind of one of the great creative visionaries of our time.

Read more HERE.

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LEGO Artist Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of The Brick: DC Comics Opens On November 21, 2015 At Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum

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Kicking-off this Saturday November 21, 2015 exclusively at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, Australian audiences will be the first in the world to experience The Art of The Brick: DC Comics, a one-of-a-kind exhibition created in partnership with legendary artist Nathan Sawaya, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment.

To kids and adults who love LEGO, artist Sawaya is a bit of a super-hero. For the last decade, the former lawyer-turned-artist has transformed the popular toy into highly sought-after artwork, and has inspired countless kids to discover their own artist within. Now, Sawaya is turning to the stories and characters of DC Comics for this new exhibition.

The Art of The Brick: DC Comics features more than 120 original works of art, created exclusively from LEGO bricks, including a life-size Batmobile, spanning 5.5 meters (18 feet) and constructed from half a million standard bricks. Inspired by legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and others, Sawaya has imagined large-scale sculptures featuring some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from the pages of DC Comics.

“Just like Superman, everyone has their own origin story. This collection of art draws on elements of a hero’s journey including that moment when we’re all called to adventure,” Sawaya said. “It’s similar to building with LEGO. There is an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment when you finish building a LEGO set – instilling confidence and self-esteem. It feels a little bit like being a super-hero.”

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said “This show is an Australian exclusive for the Powerhouse Museum and will be a fantastic experience for families and fans of LEGO and DC Comics. We all know that everything is awesome in a show about LEGO.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said “The global anticipation for this exhibition is incredible and it’s a real coup for Sydney to secure the world premiere of The Art of The Brick: DC Comics . The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is working closely with the Powerhouse Museum to promote the exhibition which we expect will bring more than 19,000 visitors to Sydney.”

The exhibit encompasses 1,400 square metres (15,000 square feet) comprised of 10 distinct galleries featuring artworks depicting themes of transformation and resurrection, good and evil, and right and wrong. Sawaya’s works vary from a towering sinister Joker face, to Wonder Woman’s invisible jet, to an avant-garde installation of the heroic Justice League.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Rose Hiscock said it was wonderful for the Powerhouse Museum to be the premiere venue for this global exhibition. “This new exhibition continues the Museum’s strong tradition of exploring contemporary culture through art and design and we are delighted to be opening to the public this weekend. Fans will not be disappointed, it really is a masterpiece for the young at heart and explores our fascination with heroes and villains,” said Ms Hiscock.

“The Art of The Brick: DC Comics is an immersive entertainment experience like no other, and we are thrilled with Nathan Sawaya’s amazing artwork on display in this global touring exhibition,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Fans from across the globe will be captivated by Sawaya’s masterful use of LEGO bricks to create unique artistic interpretations of iconic DC Comics characters.”

The new exhibition holds true to the creative disciplines of Sawaya’s original touring exhibition, The Art of The Brick, which encourages inspiration, education and participation and has been seen by millions of people in more than 75 cities across five continents. Award-winning and record-breaking, CNN rated it as one of the world’s ‘must see exhibitions.

The Art of The Brick: DC Comics exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum will be open to the public from 21 November 2015 to 1 May 2016. Tickets are on sale now at: ticketek.com.au

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Holy History Batman! Superheroes Take Over The New York Historical Society

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This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold  history of comic books, a cultural phenomenon born in 1930s New York City that has since taken the world by storm. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Beyond the characters, Superheroes in Gotham will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology.

Among the range of material on display will be a rare comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance (Action Comics No. 1, June 1938), clips from early radio and film adaptations, Philip Pearlstein’s Superman painting (1952), original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, 1962), a Batmobile made for the Batman television series (1966), a costume from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), and hip-hop pioneer Darryl McDaniels’ DMC comic book (2014) and his signature fedora.

“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Superheroes in Gotham will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”

The exhibition is curated by the New-York Historical Society’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

Exhibition Overview

Upon entering the New-York Historical Society’s Central Park West entrance, visitors will be greeted by an original working Batmobile (1966), one of three cars created for the 1966-68 Batman television series. The first gallery will trace each character’s origins within the context of their creators and period events. A range of first-issue comic books will be displayed, including Superman’s Action Comics No. 1 (June 1938) and Batman No. 1 (Spring 1940). During World War II, many superhero stories channeled American concerns about the conflict and several of their creators also enlisted. Wartime issues of Captain America (1942) and an original drawing (ca. 2000) by Joe Simon—who served in the U.S. Coast Guard— will present Captain America as the ultimate patriotic warrior. Superman was also enlisted and lent his support in a range of U.S. Army and Navy training materials (ca. 1942-43). A drawing of Wonder Woman in an early version of her patriotic costume by H.G. Peter (ca. 1941) will be shown alongside a “Wonder Woman for President” issue (No. 7, Winter 1943).

Two of Steve Ditko’s original drawings of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, September 1962) will be displayed alongside a copy of the published issue. Considered Spider-Man’s “birth certificate,” these drawings will be on public view for the first time outside of the Library of Congress. Other Cold War-era artifacts include original cover art for The Invincible Iron Man (No. 1, 1968).

The second gallery will explore how superheroes flew from page to screen decades before they became blockbuster movie franchises. Scripts, audio recordings, animation cels, and cartoon clips will illuminate Superman’s multimedia adaptation less than two years after his comic book debut. One particular clip from the Superman cartoon (1941) will depict the character flying for the first time, rather than leaping as he did in print. After appearing in two film serials in the 1940s, Batman was reimagined in a popular television series (1966-68) and full length film (released in 1966). In addition to the original Batmobile (1966), the exhibition will feature three Batman set paintings by art director Leslie Thomas (ca. 1966-68) and a Catwoman costume (ca. 1966). Clips from the Wonder Woman television series (1975-79), as well as a copy of Ms.  magazine’s first issue depicting her at the helm (1972), illuminate Wonder Woman’s development as a second-wave feminist icon.

The final gallery will examine the enduring influence of superheroes on a wide range of New York-based artists, cartoonists, contemporary comic book creators, and fans. Known today for his hyperreal nude portraits, the exhibition will feature Philip Pearlstein’s Superman (1952), a proto-Pop art painting from his early career. Also featured will be cartoonist Mort Gerberg’s original illustration art for The New Yorker (“Do you have any references besides Batman?,” July 1997), alongside Batman drawings he doodled inside a childhood Hebrew School book (circa 1940). A costume from Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), the most expensive production in Broadway history, will also be exhibited.

Superheroes in Gotham also will explore contemporary New York- based superhero comics. A copy of DMC (2014)—which follows the comic book alter-ego of musician Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC in 1980s New York—will be displayed alongside the hip-hop pioneer’s trademark fedora, glasses and Adidas sneakers (worn by the fictional superhero DMC as well). Also on view will be art from Dean Haspiel’s independent web-based comic books, including the Brooklyn-based Red Hook and a comic book set, in part, during the 2003 blackout. The exhibition will conclude with ephemera from the United States’ first comic convention, which took place in New York in 1964, as well as photographs and posters from recent years of Comic Con.

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Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of The Incredibles & Spend The Day At Pixar Animation Studios On Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its ninth annual benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 3 to 8 p.m. Beginning with the 1986 release of its iconic short film Luxo Jr. to last year’s box office hit Monsters University, Pixar has charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, we welcome you to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home.

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Guests may tour the studio’s main gallery and view pre-production artwork from Monsters University. In addition, Pixar artists will be on hand conducting drawing demonstrations. You may purchase special Pixar apparel and merchandise at the Studio Store as well as bid on original and signed art by Pixar animators and other auction prizes. The event also features a 10th anniversary celebration of the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles with several of the film’s creators in the studio’s state-of-the-art theater hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session with the filmmakers in the Steve Jobs Theater, including:

– Brad Bird, Director
– Mark Andrews, Head of Story
– Tony Fucile, Supervising Animator
– Andrew Jimenez, Director of Photography
– Ted Mathot, Storyboard Artist
– Kevin O’Brien, Storyboard Artist

The event also features light snacks, treats, and will conclude with a wine and dessert reception by the Luxo Cafe staff with a live auction of a variety of original art and signed memorabilia.

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Tickets are $500 per person, $450 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum. (Become a museum member and save!

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Purchase one discounted ticket with a Senior/Student Membership, up to two with an Individual Membership, up to four with a Family Membership, up to six with a Friend Membership, and seven or more with a Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor Memberships.) Reserved rows for ten are available for $4,500. Availability for this level is limited. 

Doors open at 2 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4 p.m. in the Steve Jobs Theater.

Register for the event HERE.

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Forest Lawn Museum Presents Drew Struzan & Bob Peak The Masters of Movie Art Exhibit Opening On January 24, 2014

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Forest Lawn Museum presents Drew and Bob The Masters of Movie Art exhibit opening on January 24, 2014 and running until May 26, 2014. 

This free art exhibit will feature the illustration and fine art of Drew Struzan and Bob Peak. The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale is open every day except Mondays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Forest Lawn Museum
1712 South Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
(323) 340-4782

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