Yesterday, fellow writer David Taffet and I jaunted over to see the exhibit, “The Art of Dr. Seuss” at Storyopolis Fine Art which is housed in the 4th Wall Gallery in Uptown. We knew it was going to be a quick trip but I could have easily spent more time looking at the work. The exhibit is surprisingly vast and worth every second it takes to get a closer look at Horton, The Cat in the Hat and some of the more surprising art I had no idea about.
His illustrations are no doubt amazing and clever but don’t get too caught up in the stuff you’ve seen already as a kid or even beyond (like I started to). Or save it for last because it’s his other work that needs savoring. It’s something to see his style even before he became famous for it. Advertisements for Flit insecticide and a World War II info book on malaria have the same whimsy as his “Green Eggs and Ham.” Check out this ad. Just wish I remembered what the caption said.
Be prepared though as Dr. Seuss had a naughty side too. In Secret Art, he illustrated some works kept to himself that caught me off guard. I just naturally associate Dr. Seuss with childlike wonder and fantasy but when he twists them into a more adult nature, it’s kind of shocking. Don’t worry, it’s not pornographic or sleazy…just different.
My favorites of all were his Unorthodox Taxidermy pieces. Creatures from his books were created into actual wall-hangings that in the beginning sold for cheap but now run above and beyond the $3,000 mark. If you think about it too long, it ends up creepy but the pieces have a wonderful charm behind them.
Check it out for sure. It’s quite a gem to see but you have just over a week left to get in there. The exhibit concludes Aug. 8.