On Saturday, I visited San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum
where i was blown away by the Mary Blair exhibition. A painter and Disney animator in the 1940s and 1950s, Blair is best known for creating the concept art for Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, designing Disney's It's A Small World world, and illustrating several timeless and magical Golden Books such as "I Can Fly
." Blair was a tremendous influence on contemporary artists like BB pal Tim Biskup
, Monsters, Inc.
director Pete Docter, and our own Mark Frauenfelder
. This retrospective exhibition is captured in book form in The Art and Flair of Mary Blair. Seeing her wonderful concept drawings and original Golden Book illustrations in person though was the perfect way to end a year filled with great art.
to selections from the exhibition
to buy The Art and Flair of Mary Blair
to Mary Blair entry on Wikipedia
to Cartoon Modern posts on Blair
to Blair work at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive
to Disney Legends: Mary Blair
Previously on BB:
• Mary Blair "Small World" designs Link
• "Mary Blair Week" at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive blog Link
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