Klassic Koalas: The Koala Museum of Modern Art Catalogueby Nancy Margulies
Klassic Koalas: The Koala Museum of Modern Art Catalogue, by Nancy Margulies; Color; 58 pages, 8.5" x 8.5"; February 17, 2012; Retail: $24.99
; ISBN-10: 1441410279; ISBN-13: 978-1441410276. Category: Art/Humor. For ages 7+, adults.
Step into the world of upscale, highbrow artistic expression. Mingle with the
sophisticates as you delve into the deeper implications of the great masterpieces
of the world. Stroll down the corridors of the world-famous Koala Museum of
Modern Art (KOMA, pronounced "coma"), exploring its many galleries. First
the East Wing, then West Wing, followed by the South Wing. Or just wing it.
Better yet, read this book and save yourself all that walking.
Commentaries appearing in this book were composed by our illustrious Chief
Executive Curator, the same individual who brought the original exhibit to life
by unearthing an unprecedented number of little-known great masterpieces,
each with a common theme: the furry, friendly, mysterious koala.
Readers will be amazed to see all the famous works of art into which the iconic
koala has insinuated itself. Never been able to figure out why the Mona Lisa
smiles? Check out her companion in canvas and you'll understand that enigmatic
expressionit's hard to keep a straight face when there's a koala sidling up to
you. Ever challenged friends to see what images you can find in an impressionist
painting? It will be much more fun to interpret a Monet when there are
koalas lurking in the leaves. Fail to see the point of modern art at all? Discover
its new purpose as a playground for merry marsupials emerging from pattern
and shadow, and learn to look at it in a new way.
This lighthearted look at some of the marsupial-pieces of modern art will bring
a smile to the face of anyone who has had to endure a boring museum tour, and
lighten the spirits of those who enjoy whimsy in artwork.
About the Author:
Nancy Margulies, MA, is an author, educator and consultant to both
corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Nancy is the developer of
Mindscapes, a process of visual recording that captures patterns as well as
key concepts. Her best-selling book on this topic, Mapping Inner Space, has been translated
into several languages. Her other works include videos on drawing, visual
recording, books and comics for students to learn more about the brain and
multiple intelligences. As a psychologist she worked with deaf children and
adults and organized state-wide programs for people with hearing impairment.
She has worked with President Clinton and his cabinet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as business
and community leaders in Turkey, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.
Nancy is also one of the pioneers of the World Café, a process of
intentional conversations enable people to engage on a deeper level, learn
from one another and discover their collective intelligence.
A review by Jenni Dunn, Now for Future, Canterbury, Victoria:
The Meeting of the Icons of Art and the Australian Bush
The myth of the cute and cuddly koala, initially promoted by the production
of the soft toy, takes on a new and vivd lease of life in the pages of Nancy
Marguiles' new book of a selection of key masterpieces in the KOMA gallery.
Nancy provides stunning evidence of how this shy and protective creature has
followed its inner yearnings and secret propensity to be captured on canvas.
Unbeknown to we Australians these pages illustrate how this sleepy
inhabitant of gum tree tops in the midst of our bush has, over time, filled
its pouch with supplies and headed to the studios of some of the world's
greatest artists. A clear willingness evident to drop this disguise of the
shy and sleepy, distant furry koala to adopt the persona of the muse. Its
illusive nature though is still clearly evident in some of the work where it
has taken to its regular habit of disguising itself in/amongst the
Congratulations on such a revealing and creative capture of the
unknown habitats of one of Australia's most iconic treasures and its place
in the history of fine art!
Sean M. Ulmer, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art: With delightful images and witty commentary, Chief Curator François D'Rigour (aka Nancy Margulies) introduces
us to KOMAthe Koala Museum of Modern Art. Engaging and entertaining, this museum catalogue invites the reader into
another world, one of art and koalas. She helps us to see familiar masterpieces in a whole new way and her accompanying
commentary is revealing, acerbic, and humorous at the same time. The catalogue is a pleasure to read and you will learn
something without even trying. So sit back, grab yourself a Koalaccino, and enjoy the wit and wisdom of this fresh new face on the art scene.
Dr. Emmet Miller, Author, Psychotherapist, Lecturer at Esalen Institute: The perfect gift for an art aficionado who still has a sense of humor. A cleverly subversive way to introduce kids to good art and a thousand chuckles for the rest of us.
Joan Thaler, Art Therapist: I can imagine children loving the fun of exploring this book, then recognizing and remembering the actual masterpieces when they seem them in books or museums. For adults the fun is not only in the creatively morphed images but in the hilarious text that accompanies every illustration.
Lis Dunn, Cartoonist / Writer, Sydney, Australia: If only politicians were this cute. Eats, roots and leaves... and a whole museum for you to look at. Imagine how much better rennaissance art would have been had they known
about koalas. It's icon art of the furry kind.
Evan Howard, Musician, Composer, New York: Once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. Very clever and
engaging. I hope there will be a series some day.
Chris Ridgway, Architect, Half Moon Bay, California: If you like art (and who doesn't), and love to laugh (of
course you do), this book is for you.