>This is Lolly Robinson, Horn Book designer, posting at Roger’s invitation. (Thanks, Rog.)
In my catalog essay, I got to hold forth on the problems of taking picture book art out of context, offering my PB101 mini-course about art and text working together, page design, sequence, pacing, and bookmaking. Of course, everyone won’t actually BUY the catalog, or even read the essay if they do… For myself, I have come around to believing that showing this kind of art in a museum is not a sacrilege against picture books but can in fact open people’s eyes to the quality and complexity of a seemingly-simple, well-crafted picture book. What do you think? Have I gone over to the dark side?