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Lawrence author releases ‘A is for Art’

September 14, 2008

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Letter by letter, Stephen Johnson is teaching children about both art and the alphabet.

The Lawrence resident and successful children's author has released his latest book, "A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet" (Simon & Schuster, $16.99). It depicts artworks that are literal depictions of each letter, accompanied by alliterative captions describing the works.

For instance, for the letter "I": "Indoors, in an industrial interior, is an installation of individually illuminated, isolated, immobilized immersed and inverted identical insoluble imitation ice cream cones."

The book is a result of an exhibition Johnson had at the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University in summer 2007, which featured some - but not all - of the works representing the 26 letters.

Johnson, who is known for interactive books such as "My Little Yellow Taxi" and "My Little Blue Robot," also is currently working on a new large-scale sculpture for the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum, located at Clinton Lake.

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