Edward Gorey: lover of cats, ballet, Victorian/Edwardian era aesthetics, fur coats, pen-and-ink drawings, the color black and bats. Becoming a fan of Gorey has come in/out of fashion many times over the years, but since his death in 2000 he has only grown in the public conscientiousness. If you don’t know Edward Gorey’s work you surely know of the legions of other artists who were inspired by his work. From Tim Burton to Lemony Snicket, and goth culture to steampunk Gorey’s influence is felt far and wide. And from Neil Gaiman to Emily the Strange, and Lenore all things, dark, atmospheric and vaguely historical likely started with a love of Edward Gorey. Gorey’s black and white aesthetic lends itself to tattoo work, and often seeing a Gorey inspired tattoo will be for some their first glimpse into his macabre and hypnotizing world view. Many people also discover Gorey from the ...
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As the director of library and academic resources for the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Judy Dyki’s duties include surveying gifts potential donors offer the library. One such recent gift from an alumnus, who graduated from Cranbrook back in the 1960s and asked not to be identified, ultimately led to a new exhibit opening in the Cranbrook Art Museum’s Lower Gallery today (Sunday, Sept. 18). It features work from Edward Gorey, an artist who had a major influence on American popular culture in the five decades before his death in 2000. “The collector used to live near the Gotham Book Store in New York, that was into promoting Gorey’s career,” Dyki says. For years, the alumnus, who now lives in Bloomfield Hills, carefully assembled a collection of the books Gorey published in small quantities in New York. “He had a lot of first editions,” she says. “(The donor) bought in part so he could ...Read More
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