Broadstreet Review: Woodmere Art Museum presents ‘The Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney’

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For more than 50 years, Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations have lured children into reading. He is the celebrated illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, including The Lion and the Mouse, a wordless depiction of Aesop’s fable, for which he won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal. The Germantown-born artist, a 2012 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the subject of the Woodmere Art Museum’s new exhibition, The Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney.

‘It was Time,’ 1997, by Jerry Pinkney. (Image courtesy of the artist)

The show explores Pinkney’s art through two collaborations. Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story (1998), is the tenth book he created with his friend, the author Julius Lester. In Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World (2009), he illustrated a series of poems by Marilyn Nelson.

Pinkney works in watercolor, and this exhibition provides an in-depth companion to the wide-ranging survey of the medium currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read more here.

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