Artist: Nicole Hollander
Title: Sylvia's Real Good Advice
Medium: Hand-Signed & Mounted on Firm Board
Signed by the artist
Edition: Unique, Original Artwork; Hand-Signed by the Artist; from the Artist's personal collection
Height (inches): 40
Width (inches): 42
This piece is ready for display
Description of piece:
Nicole Hollander is a cartoonist, writer and artist, who has been chronicling the exploits of Sylvia and her cat for over thirty years in her comic strip and books. Her daily comic strip Sylvia was nationally syndicated, and Hollander has published 19 Sylvia collections, including The Whole Enchilada, Tales from the Planet Sylvia, with an introduction by Barbara Ehrenreich, and The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 Years of Graphic Misbehavior from Reagan to Obama, with an introduction by Jules Feiffer. She is the author of Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial and the illustrator of many books by other writers, including children's books by Robie Harris and books in praise of cats by Allia Zobel.
This dramatically sized artwork was created by cartoonist and artist Nicole Hollander for an exhibition in Chicago to celebrate one of Sylvia’s birthdays, and was then used by Ms. Hollander for additional exhibitions and signings. The work is from the artist's personal collection.
Measuring 40" in height x 42" width, it has been personally hand-signed by the artist especially for this auction. The work is signed "Nicole Hollander" directly in the image area of the work— in a large, clear bright red signature— homage to Sylvia's iconic red lipstick, as featured in so many of Hollander's beloved representations of her well-known comic strip character Sylvia.
The artwork features Sylvia, along with her well-known beret-wearing cat, and the signage "Sylvia's Real Good Advice" (which Sylvia tacks up in her capacity of dispensing advice). "Sylvia's Real Good Advice" has been featured not only in innumerable Sylvia strips and books, but was also the name of a hit musical adaptation of Hollander's character Sylvia for the stage.
Nicole Hollander’s work is archived in The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University, and her drawings are held in the collection of the Library of Congress.
"Nicole Hollander has been one of our nation's leading satirists. This means she is in the business of telling the truth and making it funny." —Jules Feiffer, Introduction to The Sylvia Chronicles
"What working commentator can confront Sylvia's range of subject matter—from macro-economics to stretch marks, from foreign policy to kitty litter—without gnawing anxiously on his or her writing instrument?... her supernatural insight into matters of public policy, her ability to see, as with x-ray vision, through the stupefying drone of media rhetoric." —Barbara Ehrenreich, Introduction to Tales from the Planet Sylvia.
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