Tomi Ungerer


Tomi Ungerer who was born in 1931, in Strasbourg, Alsace, is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Drawing Center. Mr. Ungerer lived through the Nazi occupation of Alsace.  After the war he watched the French try to eradicate any trace of German culture in his province that had gone back and forth between the French and the Germans for many years. Finally, leaving Alsace, he landed in NY in 1956.

The exhibit presents a good sampling of his styles and genres.  Also, a documentary “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough” produced in 2012 will be screened on February 27.  Several of his children’s books, including “Three Robbers” and “Fog Island” are displayed along with political posters.  Being a man of multiple talents, examples of Victorian advertisements he created for “The New York Times” and “The Village Voice,” drawings of his pen-and-ink “depictions of the perils and pretensions of modern life and a large displays of his erotic drawings are also part of this show.

Mr. Underer’s erotica caused quite a controversy in the world of children’s literature.  In 1971, he responded “unapologetically to a verbal attack at a book convention” about his work in that field.  It isn’t surprising, therefore, that many American libraries banned and often weeded his books from their shelves.  Currently, we have two of his children’s books.  An older title “Snail, Where Are You?,” which has circulated six times, and his 2013 book “Fog Island,” which also has circulated six times.

“Tomi Ungerer: All in One” is on view at the Drawing Center, SoHo, NYC, until March 22.9780714848778_p0_v3_s600

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