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David Wiesner & the Art of Wordless Storytelling

  • 01 May 2017
  • Santa Barbara

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You probably recognize David Wiesner’s picture books. The Three Pigs, Tuesday, Flotsam... In fact, he’s only the second person to have won the Caldecott Medal thrice (for those three books, if you were curious).

Now, he’s bringing his work to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for a new exhibition this spring. “David Wiesner & the Art of Wordless Storytelling” kicks off on Saturday, January 28 with an author talk at 2:30pm.



The internationally-acclaimed picture book artist will discuss his art and career, guiding the audience through his unique approach to storytelling sans text. Afterward, his celebrated picture books can be purchased in the museum store if you don’t already have a well-loved copy for him to sign.

The exhibit, which runs from January 29 through May 14, contextualizes Wiesner’s work, placing his own art alongside pieces by three artists whom he cites as great influences: Frans Masereel (1889–1972), a Belgium-born painter and graphic artist; German Otto Nückel (1888–1955), a fellow pioneer of the wordless novel; and the American wordless-book specialist and artist Lynd Ward (1905–1985).



The exhibit and associated catalogue also includes work by Salvador Dalí, Joseph Stella, and Charles Sheeler, as well as full-color plates of Wiesner’s original watercolors. These watercolors range from his earliest artistic successes to his most recent project, a graphic novel (his first) titled Fish Girl, which is slated for a March release.

While you wait on that, however, this exhibit is sure to satiate your appetite for Wiesner’s beautiful illustrations. For tickets or more information, please visit SBMA online

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