Girls Standing on Lawns
“Girls Standing on Lawns”
Published in May 2014 by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Girls Standing on Lawns” is a unique collaboration between Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This smart and beautiful book contains 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a dozen original paintings by Maira that were inspired by the photographs. Photos and paintings are accompanied by brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as “a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.” Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their lives—and where they have gone.