Collection by Aaron Britt

Works by Maira Kalman


Last week painter and illustrator Maira Kalman was in San Francisco to kick off the Contemporary Jewish Museum's run of her new show Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (Of a Crazy World). I had a chance to talk with Kalman and wander through the gallery with her and the show's curator Ingrid Shaffner. Check out our conversation and click on the slideshow here to get a good look at her work.

This is one of Kalman's best, and gets to the heart of her work and the worldview it suggests.
Alongside her work, loads of Kalman's collected ephemera is on display as part of Maira Kalman Various Illuminations...
One of my favorite modes in Kalman's work is the bullseye composition with a wash of color as the background.
Here's the bustling work "New York Grand Central...
I asked Maira to sign my copy of The Elements of Style and she made this charming little drawing of a hat for...
I snapped this photo of Maira in the gallery next to one of her ladders. The woman adores ladders.
"Pink Package" is one of the works on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the actual package itself is part...
"Man Dances on Salt" is also the cover image of Maira's book Principles of Uncertainty.
Though you may have seen this wartime British slogan and poster in print form or on tote bags, Kalman painted it as...
These sketches are the endpaper to her 2001 children's book, What Pete Ate.
Here you can see a pair of chairs set up facing a pie chest. The chest is Kalman's and it's full of linens.
This work is called Crosstown Boogie Woogie and was her first New Yorker cover in December, 1995.
Here's a photo of Maira Kalman and her beloved dog Pete.
Woman with Face Net is the image the Contemporary Jewish Museum is using to promote the show Maira Kalman: Various...
Here's another view of that vitrine with Kalman's ephemera.
An image by Kalman, created for Tablet Magazine.
This piece, Dog Reads Book, was also a New Yorker cover.
New Yorkistan, 2001, by Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz. Gouache and pencil on paper.
Schaffner told me that this image is the first of Kalman's published work. It's from 1978.
Here's a soldier Kalman painting, one of the many portraits in the show.