The Norton Museum of Art opens it s summer exhibition schedule on the evening of June 7, 2012 with Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey. Gorey is among the rare breed of artist whose work is as much beloved by children as it is by adults.
The exhibition includes more than 150 drawings that Gorey, who died in 2000 at 75, created for many of his books, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Unstrung Harp, The Gilded Bat, among others. An illuminating array of sketchbooks, illustrated envelopes, book-cover ideas, and theatrical costume designs are also included in the exhibition. The exhibition, which is organized by the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust and Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, runs through Sept. 2, 2012. Mention the name of the late artist and illustrator and adjectives such as ghoulish, gothic, and well, gory, often come to mind. But that’s not even half the story says noted art historian, curator, and author Karen Wilkin who was also a friend of the artist, and has worked diligently to set the Gorey story straight. She is the author, or co-author of three books about the artist, including Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey (2009), which also serves as the catalog for the exhibition.