Modern Eden Gallery’s current group show, Storybook: An Art Journey Through Childhood’s Best Remembered Stories is the third curated exhibition by Michael Cuffe, photojournalist and Editor in Chief of Warholian. Over 65 artists were invited to choose a childhood folktale, story, or book to interpret in their own unique style. Such iconic books creatively approached vary from modern American children’s literature including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Where the Wild Things Are, and Goosebumps; European classic stories including Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio and Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar the Elephant; and folktales including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, and Snow White.
Not only must exhibiting artists enjoy re-imagining the characters and stories of their particular favorite books from youth, but as seen at the opening night reception audiences also look forward to seeing how their favorite stories have been brought to life in a contemporary artistic perspective. The appeal of these exciting new perspectives offered by the included works is an important reminder why these stories’ popularity have endured and are so beloved, as many have retained their appeal to young audiences over hundreds of years by continually staying relevant, by being translated into several languages and illustrated by many different artists. There is also a longstanding tradition of narrative illustration in fine art, as many artists have taken on similar projects, ranging from Salvador Dali’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Andy Warhol’s career illustrating children’s books before the Pop era.
Storybook: An Art Journey Through Childhood’s Best Remembered Stories curated by Michael Cuffe will be at Modern Eden Gallery, 801 Greenwich Street through May 9, 2015.
Participating artists include Amandalynn, Jaclyn Alderete, Brianna Angelakis, Susanne Apgar, Paul Barnes, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, CIOU, Cory Benhatzel, Pakayla Biehn, Zofia Bogusz, Brenton Bostwick, Robert Bowen, Jana Brike, Laurie Lee Brom, Valentina Brostean, Leilani Bustamante, C3, Adam Caldwell, Simona Candini, Steve Chmilar, Joshua Coffy, Michael Cuffe, Lara Dann, Lena Danya, Sheri DeBow, Jel Ena, Kohshin Finley, Ashton Gallagher, Jacqueline Gallagher, Lyrica Glory, Alec Huxley, Steve Javiel, Aunia Kahn, Tara Krebs, Marcos LaFarga, Marie Larkin, Kim Larson, Edith Lebeau, Chris Leib, Steven Lopez, Calvin Ma, Malojo, Megan Majewski, Kelly McKernan, Amy Minchew, David Molesky, Catherine Moore, Melissa Morgan, David Natale, Lori Nelson, Johannah O’Donnell, Richard James Oliver, Augie Pagan, PECA, Rich Pellegrino, Bradley Platz, Michael Ramstead, Joshua Roman, Isabel Samaras, Erika Sanada, Eve Skylar, Laura Startzman, Ania Tomicka, Daniel J. Valadez, Helice Wen, Sandra Yagi, Hannah Yata, Trevor Young, Rick Berry, and others.