In a career that’s spanned more than 40 years and included some 80 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine illustrations and many New Yorker covers, author and illustrator Bob Staake has never had a solo show of his work.
“The Endless Imagination of Bob Staake” will be on exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis [Mass.] from July 12 to Oct. 15, with an opening reception on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m.
“If you want to tell the story of me as an artist, you have to get into the studio,” he said.
The show will touch on every aspect of Staake’s career. There’s a surfboard he designed in California, some of the thousands of illustrations he’d done for MAD Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post, where he illustrated the weekly Style Invitational column for 30 years. There will be book covers from some of his dozens of kids books, numerous New Yorker covers (including the popular “Reflections” that appeared on the issue following President Barack Obama’s inauguration) as well as a step-by-step process of how they are created, original paintings both abstract and representational, posters both real and fake (“fauxsters,” he calls the latter), and a video showing his process in creating covers as well as his animation designs…
More details at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (with a video of a high-spirited Bob talking about his art).
From magazines to animation, from publishing to products, from advertising to newspapers, Staake’s prolific art has been used in virtually every form of mass communication. But Staake is also an accomplished fine artist working in a seemingly limitless array of aesthetic styles and mediums. His paintings, prints, sculptures, objects, assemblages, prototypes and drawings range from the humorous to the ethereal, from the representational to the abstract.