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Where the Wild Things Are – Robert Delpire’s Children Books

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Over the past sixty years, the eyes and instincts of Robert Delpire have shaped much of the world’s understanding of photography. A prolific publisher and exhibition organizer, with a razorsharp comprehension of the graphic arts, Delpire has had a defining hand in the careers of many of the master photographers of recent history.


An exhibition featuring a half century of achievement in the life and career of visionary French publisher, editor, and curator Robert Delpire, who has realized some of the most groundbreaking projects—in books, magazines, exhibitions, and advertising campaigns—in the history of photography.
The exhibition showcases Delpire’s rise to prominence in the world of photography through his pioneering and seminal work in magazine and book publishing, films, curatorship, and advertising for the past fifty years. Delpire & Co. will be divided among four different venues, creating altogether a comprehensive exhibition on Delpire’s many initiatives. Howard Greenberg Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery will also have exhibitions concurrently on view in celebration of Robert Delpire’s life and work.


Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Ave, New York, NY;
Exhibition on view: May 11–June 8, 2012
Viewing times: Monday–Friday, 2:00 pm–6:00 pm


Cultural Services of the French Embassy will present Delpire’s children books including the original French edition of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Crocodile Tears by André François. These publications have entertained several generations of children since the 1950s until now.


Each morning, the Cultural Services will give a brief presentation of some of Delpire’s books to the children, including the original French edition of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are/Max et les Maximonstres and Crocodile Tears/Les larmes de Crocodile by André François.


We will offer artistic and interactive bilingual activities centered on Robert Delpire’s work. These activities would depend on the age and number of students and will include the reading of books through pictures, the creation of a book cover and a workshop to design monster masks. The attached documents present the exhibit and the work of Delpire.


The overall visit of the exhibition and participation in various activities should not last more than an hour and a half. These activities, which are geared towards pre-school and elementary school children, are offered each morning between 9 am and 12 pm in the limit of space and time availability.


The program is free. A reservation is necessary. Schools are invited to contact Nicolas Etchenagucia via email or by phone 212-439-1436 for further information and to schedule a date for your class to come to the exhibition.


Aperture Gallery
547 W. 27th St., 4th Floor
New York, NY; (212) 505-5555
Exhibition on view: May 10–July 19, 2012
Viewing times: Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm


Presenting classical and seminal publications by now-iconic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Sarah Moon. Delpire’s work with magazines will also be featured, including the very first issue of Neuf from 1950 and the seven issues of Nouvel Observateur Spécial Photo. Also presented in this space will be Delpire’s advertising projects for diverse clients from Cacharel, Citroën, L’Oréal, and the French Ministry of Culture.


The Gallery at Hermès/Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
691 Madison Ave.
New York, NY; (212) 751-3181
Exhibition on view: May 11–July 19, 2012
Viewing times: Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm, except Thursday: 10:00 am–7:00 pm


The Gallery at Hermès, a space dedicated exclusively to photography, will present prints from more contemporary photographers such as Harry Gruyaert, Jehsong Baak, Michel Vanden Eeckhout, Michael Ackerman, Francesco Zizola, Raymond Depardon, Robert Doisneau, Paolo Pellegrin, Marc Riboud. Their books will also be on display so that the visitors can engage further with these photographers’ bodies of work. This space will showcase as well the Photo Poche series.


La Maison Française of New York University
16 Washington Mews (at University Place), New York, NY; (212) 998-8750
Exhibition on view: May 21–July 19, 2012
Viewing times: Monday–Friday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm


La Maison Française will showcase the Poche Illustrateur series, celebrating notable illustrators such as Roman Cieślewicz, Honoré Daumier, Etienne Delessert, Guy Peellaert, and Saul Steinberg.


In addition, two supporting exhibitions will be on view; Sarah Moon at Howard Greenberg Gallery, featuring new work, and Pace/MacGill Gallery will exhibit works by prominent photographers such as Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, Duane Michals, Paolo Roversi, and Alfred Stieglitz.


Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 E. 57th St. New York, NY; (212) 334-0010
Exhibition on view: May 11–June 23, 2012
Viewing times: Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Howard Greenberg Gallery will showcase the work of Sarah Moon.


Pace/MacGill Gallery
32 E. 57th St., 9th Floor, New York, NY; (212) 759-7999
Exhibition on view: May 10–June 16, 2012
Viewing times: Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 am–5:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm

Pace/MacGill Gallery will showcase the work of Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, Duane Michals, Paolo Roversi, and Alfred Stieglitz.


By Fabrice Jaumont