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Artist Trisha Krauss & writer Lauren Child/ Maude

My girls in London have a new book out which is fabulous.   Check it out and go to the opening if you are in London.    For kids, cool moms and anyone that likes funny eccentric characters.

lauren child & trisha krauss

MAUDE The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton

Book launch and reception

Monday 22nd October 2012

Limited book signing: 5.30 - 6pm Reception: 6 - 8pm

Illustrationcupboard and Puffin Books are thrilled to celebrate the extraordinary

collaboration of Lauren Child and Trisha Krauss in launching the marvellous

Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton at the gallery.

Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton tells the tale of The Shrimptons

family. Flamboyant and eccentric, being noticed is what all the members of the

Shrimpton family live for – all except, that is, for Maude. She prefers to blend

into the background rather than stand out in a crowd. And this is very much to

her advantage when they all come face to face with a rather hungry tiger.

Lauren, author and illustrator, famed for her Charlie and Lola picture books

and Clarice Bean series, won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 after introducing

Charlie and Lola with I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato.

Trisha Krauss spent many years working as an illustrator in New York City. Her

work has appeared regularly in many publications, fashion campaigns and books.

She now lives and works in London. The exquisite illustrations for Maude

were painted in Trisha’s signature style, acrylic on plywood, adding texture and

warmth to each image. The original artwork will be on show at the gallery.

There will be a book signing of limited hardback editions of Maude from

5.30pm until 6.00pm (on a strictly first-come, first-served basis). The evening

view will then continue from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.

RS VP: Jessica Charleston E: T: (0)20 7976 1727

22 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL

MAUDE The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton

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Ulrike Meinhof/ Red Army Faction/ Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter’s October paintings above.   Inspired by the violent and mysterious Marxist Red Army Faction which operated in Germany from 1970-77.

While I was growing up in Germany the Baader-Meinhof gang were always in the news, talked about at parties, taught at school, so much so that they became part of German pop culture.    I suppose 70’s pop culture in general.   Today is the anniversary of Ulrike Marie Meinhof (7 October 1934 – 9 May 1976). Her story is quite tragic and incredible at the same time.   She went from respected, intellectual journalist embraced by the bourgeois to left wing marxist fanatic, murderer, terrorist and ultimately, posthumously, an art muse. Quite an arc.

These Gerhard Richter paintings are based on her (and other RAF members)    

Growing up during the cold war she became a pacifist student organizer and journalist eventually turning into a revolutionary.   When her marriage fell apart she started hanging out with left wing students and became part of the anti-establishment.   She abandoned her twins, left her life as a magazine writer and began a life of crime in the shadows.  Her manifestos were brilliant. You can’t help but be fascinated.  

Richter’s connection to her is also interesting.  Originally intrigued by the idea of “ideology” and idealism gone wrong he was inspired to make these works (All based on newspaper clippings about RAF. ).   After reading Robert Storr’s book SEPTEMBER, I also learned that both Richter and Meinhof grew up during the Hitler era and were two years apart in age.   His family at the time was pro-Nazi and East German communism which may have informed his socio-political references as well.   He went on to become a socialist realist painter (and is now considered one of the greatest artists alive).     She killed herself.   Here is some info about her.

She was a German left-wing militant. She co-founded the Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) in 1970 after having previously worked as a journalist for the monthly left-wing magazine Konkret. She was arrested in 1972, and eventually charged with numerous murders and the formation of a criminal association. Before the trial concluded, Meinhof was found hanged in her cell in 1976. (source for bio: Wiki)

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