Monday, 17 February 2014

Flanders House/Society of Illustrators/New York

When I was in New York last year to attend the opening of the first Illustrators 55 show at the Society of Illustrators, I was invited by the nice people of Flanders House, a Flemish governmental organisation on the 44th floor of the New York Times Building. They showed me their offices and we talked about a possible small exhibition of Flemish illustrators who have worked for the US market. So back home I contacted a few colleagues who did some illustrations for The New Yorker, The New York Times and other US clients. I ended up with a list of 10: Anton Van Hertbruggen, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Ellen Van Engelen, Frederik Van den Stock, Jan Van Der Veken, Klaas Verplancke, Sam Vanallemeersch, Sebastiaan Van Doninck, Tom Schamp and myself. Each artist designed a poster with a selection of their best work and also a larger one with only illustrations for US clients was made. 
On February 6th I flew to New York to give a presentation about the ten illustrators and the influence of Belgian art, comic and illustration history on their work.

On the 44th floor of the New York Times building.
An Ever Meulen New Yorker cover on the screen.
There was a lot of interest in the work of the 10 illustrators.
My Wrap illustration at the entrance of Flanders House.
Only US illustrations.
Brecht, Ellen, Anton, Sebastiaan, Frederik and Sam.
Tom, me, Jan and Klaas.
There were also books and postcards on display.
At the opening of the second Illustrators 56 show at the Society of Illustrators.
2 paintings from 'Karina Schildert' in great company.
Unfortunately, not my appartment.
The Art Spiegelman exhibition at the Jewish Museum.
No polar vortex over New York, but still cold...

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