Jennifer Uglow

Visual Fictions

'SMagic: Original Illustrations from Children's Books



The Museum of Modern Art at Oxford has often been the venue for unusual events, but the happenings of the past month must have been among the oddest it has seen – sixty children wielding brushes, attacking a vast mural under the exuberant direction of Jan Pienkowski, small groups producing meticulous, collectable drawings with Helen Oxenbury or piles of ephemeral splashes with John Burningham. These were all an accompaniment to ‘SMagic, the recent exhibition of illustrations from children’s books, which brought colour and chaos to the Museum’s back room.

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