Sara Berman’s Closet

By Maira Kalman and Alex Kalman
Harper Design an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, New York
October 2018

“An illustrated tribute to Maira Kalman’s late mother, this book deconstructs the life and spirit of Sara Berman through items in her meticulously kept closet.”
Publishers Weekly

“The installation of her small closet—garments and linens folded with tender precision, a potato grater, a bottle of Chanel No. 19—is a shrine to humility and intention.”
The New Yorker

“A reflection on her experiences and a study of the value (monetary and not) of the things we keep.”

“A new way of looking at rooms and possessions and women’s history.”
Amelia Peck, curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Sara Berman’s Closet” is like a living Maira Kalman painting: It’s filled with poetic details and her signature elements of irreverent humor and warmth.”
T Magazine

“An unexpected meditation on modern city life: a modest closet from a studio apartment in the West Village, filled with the curious, lovely and very particular personal effects of Sara Berman, a Belarussian and Israeli émigré who was the mother of Maira Kalman, the irreverent artist, book author and illustrator.”
New York Times

Inside Sara Berman’s Closet at the Met Museum, The New York Times, March 3

A Tribute to Women Who Reinvent Themselves, in Two Wardrobes at the Met, The New Yorker, March 8, 2017

Video: Sara Berman’s Closet, The New Yorker

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