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December 2013

Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC, Features Works by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart

Celebrated children’s book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart combined their talents to create beloved and remarkable pop-up books as seen in the exhibition, Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and Reinhart, now on view at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC, through Dec. 29, 2013.

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, TX, the exhibition features 80 original works from more than 16 of the duo’s dynamic picture and pop-up books. Using a variety of media, including batik, mosaic, and delicate paper cutting, these artists have won numerous awards and garnered an international following for their magical pop-up creations.

See imaginative two-dimensional artworks from such books as Saint Valentine, The Blizzard’s Robe, and The Paper Dragon, as well as inventive three-dimensional pages from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series, Young Naturalist’s Pop-Up Handbook: Beetles and Butterflies, Cinderella, and STAR WARS: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxies.

As a child Robert Sabuda (born 1965) discovered his passion for pop-up books and began creating his own by examining other books. While studying at the Pratt Institute in New York, he furthered his love of children’s books by interning at Dial Books for Young Readers. Sabuda initially supported himself as a package designer before becoming a full-time author and paper engineer.

After graduating from Clemson University, Matthew Reinhart (born 1971) moved to New York where he met Sabuda. With Sabuda’s encouragement Reinhart enrolled at Pratt Institute to study industrial design with a concentration in toy design. Reinhart began collaborating with Sabuda on pop-up books and transitioned from toy designer to book creator.

Considered the premier American art museum in the South, the GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth. The GCMA also has an impressive collection of paintings and prints by contemporary artist Jasper Johns. Ranging from Federal portraits to contemporary abstractions, the GCMA’s acclaimed Southern Collection invites viewers to survey American art history through works with ties to the South. Of particular note is the exhibition David Drake: Potter and Poet of Edgefield District.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 864/271-7570 or visit (www.greenvillemuseum.org).

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