Archive for Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lawrence author releases ‘A is for Art’

September 14, 2008


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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