Maira-culous!

I recently had a delightful day attending the Maira Kalman exhibit at The CJM to launch her new book, Various Illuminations of A Crazy World.

Kalman, whose colorful illustrations have brightened both The New York Times (via her amazing And The Pursuit of Happiness blog) and The New Yorker covers for years, has never done a movie poster before (I don’t think!). However, she has collaborated with Animal House pal, Rick Meyerowitz, on several projects, including the famed Newyorkistan cover below (left), which cleverly spoofed Saul Steinberg’s legendary 1976 “View of the World” (right).

Not that she needs the work — but here’s hoping that Wes Anderson or some quirky indie film snaps her up soon to do their next print campaign!

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How The Wes Was Won

The Criterion Collection DVD artwork for Wes Anderson’s films reminds me a lot of Maira Kalman, except they were done by Ian Dingman (Bottle Rocket) and Wes’s talented bro, Eric Chase Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic).