Maira Kalman at the Jewish Museum

The famed New Yorker illustrator, the subject of a retrospective at the Jewish Museum, talks to Casey Schwartz about creative inspiration, her marriage, and having the hots for a certain president.

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Maira Kalman, New York, Grand Central Station, 1999, gouache and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maira Kalman, Tibor Kalman, 1998, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maira Kalman, Matisse in Nice, 2004-2005, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maira Kalman, My Beautiful Mother’s Map, 2006, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maira Kalman, Dog Reads Book, cover illustration for The New Yorker, 1999, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maira Kalman, Man Dances on Salt, 2007, gouache on paper. Collection of Tom and Claire O’Connor.

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Maira Kalman, Annual Misery Day Parade, cover illustration for The New Yorker, 2001, gouache and pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz, New Yorkistan, cover illustration for The New Yorker, 2001, gouache and pencil on paper. Collection of Erica and Eric Schwartz.

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Self-Portrait with Pete

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Maira Kalman, Sunny Day at Park, 2004, gouache and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Julie Saul

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nstallation shot of Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World): Jacket by Isaac Mizrahi.

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Installation shot of Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World).