Draw the body
Art and science form a deep union in medical illustration, and an accessible and illuminating new guide to the field highlights and explains this crucial and ever-changing part of medicine. In “MedSpeak Illuminated” (Kent State), Francois Luks, professor of surgery at Brown University School of Medicine and chief pediatric surgeon at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, adapts a course he teaches at Brown and RISD . “The ideal attributes of medical illustrators are very similar to those of the best doctors: shrewd observers, skilled in their craft, and excellent communicators,” writes Luks. The book is less about how to draw a gallbladder or the anastomosis of the inferior vena cava into the liver, and more about what it’s like to communicate the human body in visual language in the clearest and most direct way. . Luks also addresses the historical over-focus on the white male body as a standard example, and the checkered past of how doctors and scientists were able to obtain bodies to dissect. A number of paintings and illustrations, both ancient and modern, complement Luks’ text, from Thomas Eakins and Leonardo da Vinci to a 2D model of cell membrane outgrowths. For artists, doctors, and anyone interested in how our body’s functioning has been communicated through time, Luks has created an illuminating and sometimes playful guide showing us how illustration clarifies and organizes the wet chaos within everyone. from U.S.
A birthday for Carle
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and an exhibition opening this Saturday honors some milestones in the books of its namesake. “Eric Carle’s Book Birthdays” features 50 original artworks from 13 of Carle’s books that celebrate their 20th, 25th and 50th anniversaries this year and next. In the early 1970s, Carle, who died in the spring of 2021 at the age of 91, made his bright and lively collage illustrations as many children would do in art class, with store-bought tissue paper and rubber cement. As a result, you can see how time has deepened and changed the colors. Some of the 50-year-old books include “The Very Long Tail”; “I see a song”; and “The Secret Birthday Message”. Beginning in the late 90s and early 2000s, illustrations appear of “‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly’, Said the Sloth”, “Hello, Red Fox”, and “You Can Make a Collage”, among others . The curators wanted to create the energy of a child’s birthday party for the exhibition, with surprise gifts, streamers and a big birthday cake. Carle’s rabbits, anteaters, aardvarks, beavers, and skunks, among many other creatures, animals, insects, and others, have a vitality and presence that endures for decades. More information at https://www.carlemuseum.org/explore-art/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibition/eric-carles-book-birthdays.
Fishing in a new era
“New England is a good case study for the rise, fall and revival of an ancient industry,” writes South Coast-based writer Nicholas P. Sullivan in “The Blue Revolution: Hunting, Harvesting , and Farming Seafood in the Information Age” (Island). Sullivan takes aim at fishing in New England, and in particular New Bedford, as a way to examine the global fishing industry, its past, present and future, examining the ongoing transformation of commercial fishing and technological advances that are changing the way fish are caught, looking at both marine farming and wild fishing. He writes about the burgeoning “local catch” movement, as well as innovations in catching and farming techniques that ease pressure on fish populations and increase money for the people who catch the fish. , looking at how “communities are tactically leveraging valuable marine know-how and assets to build a new BlueTech economy in the post-industrial age.
“Bootstrapped: breaking free from the American dream” by Alissa Quart (Eco)
“Tomorrow in Shanghai” by May-Lee Chai (Blair)
“No one cared what happened to Carlotta” by James Hannaham (Small, Brown)
Choice of the week
Stef Kiper Schmidt of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, New Hampshire, recommends “Small Game” by Blair Braverman (Ecco): “Mara is on a new show called “Civilization”. She and four others are dumped in the middle of nowhere and if they can survive for six weeks they are each awarded $100,000. Mara, who teaches desert survival, is convinced she can do it and change her life in the process. But one day, they wake up and realize that no one is filming them anymore. They are really alone. It is so good! Suspense, beautiful writing, wonderful characters.
Nina MacLaughlin is the author of “Wake, Siren”. She can be contacted at [email protected]