Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style

June 6, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Event By: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Address: 919 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Email: mail@fristcenter.org Phone: (615) 244-3340

This exhibition features paintings on paper by Maira Kalman that were used to illustrate a 2007 re-publication of the authoritative American English writing style guide The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White. Kalman’s illustrations whimsically embody the didactic examples of grammar rules and their breakage provided by this essential text for writers. Phrases like “But animals do not comprise (‘embrace’) a zoo—they constitute a zoo” and “None of us is perfect” inspired Kalman’s visual witticisms. Her use of flattened space, strong colors and childlike figures provide an enjoyable lesson in both literary and visual literacy. Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville.

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