Books We Love
The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation (Updated Edition)
By John Canemaker and Mary Blair [Disney Editions, $45, available May]
You’ll find few animators and artists who are not in awe of talented Disney artist and illustrator Mary Blair, who was behind the look of Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, as well as the “It’s a Small World” attraction for the 1964 World Fair and several classic children’s Golden Books. This spring, die-hard Blair fans will make the trek to San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum for a top-notch exhibit of her work, curated by this book’s author and Oscar-winning animator and teacher John Canemaker. This biography traces Blair’s work from her early watercolors through her advertising and card designs and her work for the studio, and includes painstakingly reproduced art from her career. Of course, seeing the artwork at the exhibit is hugely recommended, but buying the new reissue of the book is the next best thing to being there!