William A. Berry: Book Illustrator, Book Designer, Author, Professor
December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
This show is a tribute to the late William A. Berry and his of love of books. In the introduction to his classic book: Drawing the Human Form, Berry wrote: “Many years ago when I was a student, a
professor noticed that I was carrying around a book written in German, a language he knew I could not read. Chiding me, he asked what on earth I intended to do with it. I replied I was going to look at the pictures.” Little did this young art student know that a large portion of his distinguished artistic career would be devoted to making pictures for books, designing books, and writing them.
It is William Berry the book illustrator, book designer, author, and professor which constitute the focal point of this exhibition. In many instances we have brought together for the first time examples of the finished “printed” versions alongside the original drawings and some preliminary sketches so that the spectator can get a rare inside glimpse into the process. The artist’s choice of medium and technique; the necessity to consider the effect of scaling down the image for reproduction; the thoughtful placement of the image in relation to the type – all affect the reader’s response and establish an intimate connection between the written word and the image.
Top Left: Kennedy Without Tears. Wicker, Tom. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1964. p. 33. (Illustration by William Berry)
Top Right: Cover, Drawing the Human Form. Berry, William A. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Publishing, 1977.
Lower Left: Cover, The Creative Eye, Volume One. Fearing, Kelly, et. al. Austin, Texas: W.S. Benson and Company, 1969. (Designed by William Berry)
Lower Right: On Firm Ice, 2nd Edition. Wilson, Carter. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1969. p. 76.(Illustration by William Berry)