Maira Kalman

Israeli-American, b. 1949

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Maira Kalman

Israeli-American, b. 1949

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Acclaimed artist, illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman has been celebrating the extraordinary aspects of the everyday in her much-loved work for more than 35 years. “People just live their lives, and that amazes me,” she explains. “They get up, put on their shoes, eat a bowl of cereal, endure wars. They go out and make sense of it everyday, and that's what I like to show.” She transforms her impressions into pared-down vignettes full of lyricism and wit. In addition to producing paintings, drawings, and prints, writing and illustrating numerous books for adults and children, and designing her own line of products, Kalman has collaborated with the likes of Mark Morris, Michael Pollan, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her illustrations have graced multiple covers of The New Yorker and regularly appear in many publications.

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Biography

Acclaimed artist, illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman has been celebrating the extraordinary aspects of the everyday in her much-loved work for more than 35 years. “People just live their lives, and that amazes me,” she explains. “They get up, put on their shoes, eat a bowl of cereal, endure wars. They go out and make sense of it everyday, and that's what I like to show.” She transforms her impressions into pared-down vignettes full of lyricism and wit. In addition to producing paintings, drawings, and prints, writing and illustrating numerous books for adults and children, and designing her own line of products, Kalman has collaborated with the likes of Mark Morris, Michael Pollan, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her illustrations have graced multiple covers of The New Yorker and regularly appear in many publications.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Jewish Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring Maira Kalman
Inside the Paris Apartment Where Gertrude Stein Fêted Matisse and Picasso
Jan 3rd, 2020
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