Kurt Vonnegut drawings

Kurt Vonnegut

Book - 2014

Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny, strange, and moving drawings.

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Published
[New York] : Monacelli Press c2014.
©2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
176 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781580933773
1580933777
Main Author
Kurt Vonnegut (author)
Other Authors
Nanette Vonnegut, 1954- (writer of introduction), Peter J. Reed, 1935- (writer of added text)
  • Introduction. My father, the doodler / Nanette Vonnegut
  • Essay. The remarkable artwork of Kurt Vonnegut / Peter Reed
  • Drawings & texts. Self-portraits ; Abstraction ; Women ; Letters ; People ; Faces ; Looking at things ; Lines ; Things ; Words.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

From a novelist "tired of having to hit home runs all the time as a writer," according to his daughter, the artist Nanette Vonnegut, who introduces the collection, Vonnegut's absurd, curious, and absorbing "doodles" lend "another perspective on restless imagination" which produced such classics as Slaughterhouse Five. Dating mostly from 1985-87, and hitherto unseen in exhibition or print, the drawings riff on cubism, "geometric abstracts," "simplified realism," and the human face with the same kind of satiric wit that characterizes his fiction. The "wildly various" works include the caricatures of the "Self-Portraits," the bright whimsy of "Abstraction," and the playful "Letters" with their curving, bubbly lines. "Lines," "Things," and "Looking at Things" invite yet defy insights into Vonnegut's fiction, and the last "Words" seem to mock the whole enterprise of creation, the concluding image a canopied staircase inscribed with: "There is a ceiling on human thoughts." Perhaps so, but the refreshing images featured here "illustrate beautifully a creative mind at play," and will delight Vonnegut fans. 145 color illus. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

From a novelist "tired of having to hit home runs all the time as a writer," according to his daughter, the artist Nanette Vonnegut, who introduces the collection, Vonnegut's absurd, curious, and absorbing "doodles" lend "another perspective on restless imagination" which produced such classics as Slaughterhouse Five. Dating mostly from 1985-87, and hitherto unseen in exhibition or print, the drawings riff on cubism, "geometric abstracts," "simplified realism," and the human face with the same kind of satiric wit that characterizes his fiction. The "wildly various" works include the caricatures of the "Self-Portraits," the bright whimsy of "Abstraction," and the playful "Letters" with their curving, bubbly lines. "Lines," "Things," and "Looking at Things" invite yet defy insights into Vonnegut's fiction, and the last "Words" seem to mock the whole enterprise of creation, the concluding image a canopied staircase inscribed with: "There is a ceiling on human thoughts." Perhaps so, but the refreshing images featured here "illustrate beautifully a creative mind at play," and will delight Vonnegut fans. 145 color illus. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Collects signature examples of graphic artwork by the acclaimed author of such literary works as Slaughterhouse-Five and is accompanied by his daughter's reflections on his creativity and the ways in which drawing became Vonnegut's primary activity later in life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Collects signature examples of graphic artwork by the author of "Slaughterhouse-Five" and other acclaimed works, accompanied by his daughter's reflections on his creativity and how drawing became his primary activity later in life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny, strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced gift volume for every Vonnegut fan. Kurt Vonnegut's daughter Nanette introduces this volume of his never before published drawings with an intimate remembrance of her father. Vonnegut always drew, and many of his novels contain sketches. Breakfast of Champions (1973) included many felt-tip pen drawings, and he had a show in 1983 of his drawings at New York's Margo Feiden Gallery, but really got going in the early 1990s when he became acquainted with the screenprinter Joe Petro III, who became his partner in making his colorful drawings available as silkscreens. With a touch of cubism, mixed with a Paul Klee gift for caricature, a Calder-like ability to balance color and line, and more than a touch of sixties psychedelic sensibility, Vonnegut's aesthetic is as idiosyncratic and defiant of tradition as his books. While writing came to be more onerous in his later years, making art became his joyful primary activity, and he made drawings up until his death in 2007. This volume, and a planned touring exhibition of the drawings, will introduce Vonnegut's legion of fans to an entirely new side of his irrepressible creative personality.