Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Art of Dr. Seuss National Touring Exhibit at Barker Animation Art Gallery in The Village at Gulfstream Park


Yes, there really was a Dr. Seuss. He was not an official doctor, but his prescription for fun has delighted readers and art aficionados alike. Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel, doodler at heart, will have his art on display at the Barker Animation Art Gallery in The Village at Gulfstream Park, now through July 3. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

For more than 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page, as in his “Secret Art” works – the paintings and sculptures he did at night for himself that he rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone.

The Clinton Museum has put their collection of Dr. Seuss’ works on national tour. This tour has opened the world’s eyes to the unique artistic talent of Dr. Seuss and, as such, galleries, museums and collectors have helped make Audrey Geisel’s promise, and Dr. Seuss’s dream, a reality.

Seuss began his career as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920s. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination.

Seuss is currently best known as one of the most beloved and bestselling children's authors of all time, having written and illustrated classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Seuss was also a political cartoonist for PM magazine during World War II, as well as a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. He had a long, successful advertising career, he was an Academy Award-winner for his wartime documentaries, as well as his animated short film, Gerald McBoing Boing, and today his paintings hang in fine art galleries.

His unique artistic vision emerged as the golden thread which linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which he delivered 44 children's books, more than 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters and clever humor. Seuss single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th century and the inspired nonsense of a child's classroom doodles. 

The Barker Animation Art Gallery
Anchored by Florida’s premier thoroughbred racetrack and casino, The Village at Gulfstream Park is South Florida’s ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Utilizing the outdoor, lifestyle streetscape concept, The Village at Gulfstream Park is home to designer boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and caf├ęs, and of course, the Barker Animation Art GalleryThe Barker Animation Art Gallery is an authorized Dr. Seuss art dealer. All art purchased comes with studio certificate of authenticity. 

For a complete directory of shops and restaurants, visit www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com.
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