Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I was happy to receive the news today that the wonderful Shaun Tan
is the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011.
I remember the emotion when I first met him through The Red Tree
at a Bologna book fair a few years ago
The jury’s citation reads as follows:
Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities
for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing
is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are
fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.
Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization
is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth.
People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation.
He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.
Tan, born in 1974, has already received a number of literary awards,
including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2009 for Tales from Outer Suburbia
and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award in 2007 for The Arrival.
The Arrival (2006)
At this year’s Academy Awards, Shaun won the Oscar for best animated short film
for The Lost Thing, based on his book of the same title.
Flinch cover art
See you soon!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Jean Michel-Folon, Kafka's Metamorphosis
thanks to 50 Watts
Wednesday we're off to Bologna... to welcome this exciting
annual event once again we have organized a reading
party with a group of fellow book-lovers
Lilo Fromm, 1983 poster, thanks to sugarwheel fl
Bolin, Easter shoes ad detail, 1946
Beatrix Potter, The bespectacled mouse, 1890
thanks again to Weimar Art!
Andrea Rivola, Topo di biblioteca
Felix Lorioux's, illustration from Fables De La Fontaine,
thanks a fabulous post at Hollywood Animation Archive
Celestino Piatti, poster for Swiss League,
thanks to sugarville
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thanks to my dear Sebastiano for giving me this gorgeous oversized volume,
a modern bestiary with beautiful paintings by Olivier Charpentier
and humorous whimsical texts by Frédéric Kessler!
The book was originally published in 2007 by Autrement Jeunesse,
while my copy comes from last year's Italian edition by Donzelli.
...my birthday was in fact two months ago, but only now
I have finally managed to take the photos and create this post!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
La Bestia (the beast) by Umberto & Stefano Cinquini,
a metaphor of Berlusconi's monstrous power over Italian media
of large, wild, colorful and amazing papier-mache floats. Most of the creations
were inspired by various controversial contemporary issues. I wonder what they
will come up with next year; they already have plenty of material to work with!
Trilogia della ruggine, epilogo (final installment of The Rust Trilogy)
by Gilbert Lebigre & Corinne Roger. This double-sided float
this joyful Indian style celebration of love blessed by Ganesh on the other
the innovative La cieca umanità (Blind humanity) by Edoardo Ceragioli,
inspired by Picasso's Guernica, won the first prize for mask groups
musical owls and a wigged cow from two of the other mask groups
two views of Embrioni chimera (Chimera embryos) by Fabrizio Galli
L’erba di casa mia (Green grass of home) by Jacopo Allegrucci
represents Italy as a lawn peopled by bugs and praying mantis-politicians
Razze in via di estinzione (Species near extinction) by Enrico Vannucci
two views of Urla selvagge (Wild screams) by Gionata Francesconi & Giacomo Marsili
Non essere sgomento… se la legge va a rilento!!! (Don't be dismayed... if the law goes slow!) by Alfredo Ricci
I can't remember from which float I photographed this detail
La Mattanza (The slaughter) by Carlo Lombardi cautions against oil spills
a sequence from the winning float, the wonderfully scary Rexpubblica by Alessandro Avanzini.
These still photos give only a pale impression of the full impact of the floats in action,
complete with moving parts, smoke and light effects, loud music and costumed dancers.