Kalman show closing soon at Skirball

Visual arts

The whimsical flotsam and jetsam of the graphic designer, magazine illustrator, children’s book writer and tchotchke collector Maira Kalman is on view at the  Skirball Center through February 13. The impressive show, “Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” displays Kalman’s prodigious output. Yes, I bought Kalman’s illustrated Strunk and White at the gift shop. Because while I find Kalman’s obsession for objects a bit twee, I do share her concern for good grammar.

Maira Kalman, Pink Package, 2004–2005, gouache on paper, 14-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

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