Alice, Curiouser and Curiouser


Alice, Curiouser and Curiouser edited by Kate Bailey and Simon Sladen. With contributions from Annmarie Bilclough and Harriet Reed. Illustrations by Kristjana S. Williams.

Large hardcover, 224 pages. First edition.

ISBN-13 : 978-1838510046

Publisher : V&A

Published to accompany the planned show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The dates given on the first page of the book are ’27 June 2020 to 10 January 2021″, but what with 2020 being a bit of a topsy-turvy Carrollian nightmare itself, the exhibition has been postponed, now (hopefully) opening Saturday, 27 March 2021. And yes, I already have tickets. For three different dates.

The first chapter of the book is a retelling of Wonderland in just chapter headings and illustrations by Kristjana S. Williams, with lots of hidden joys in each picture. Later chapters explore the creation of the books, the history of performances of Alice, and Alice Reimagined- with work from many artists including Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst and Dali.

Publishers blurb:

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is a cultural phenomenon. First published in 1865, it has never been out of print and has been translated into 170 languages. But why does it have such enduring and universal appeal for both adults and children?

This book explores the global impact of Alice in Wonderland across art, design and performance from the nineteenth century to today. It shows how Alice has been re-imagined and reinterpreted by each new generation: from the original illustrations by John Tenniel to artwork by Peter Blake and Salvador Dali, and from the 1951 Disney movie to Tim Burton’s latest interpretation.

This beautiful, playful publication also includes specially commissioned interactive illustrations by award-winning artist Kristjana S. Williams, as well as quotes from an array of cultural creators from Stephen Fry to Tim Walker, Ralph Steadman to Little Simz about the profound influence of Alice on their work.

Available via the V&A shop (along with tickets to the exhibition) or on Amazon.


2 Responses to “Alice, Curiouser and Curiouser”

  1. 1 Antipathies
    November 23, 2020 at 10:36 am

    That is a nice catalogue – a shame I’m on the wrong side of the world to go to the exhibition (when it finally happens.) You may also like to get your hands on a copy of the catalogue for an exhibition that was at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, in Melbourne. The exhibition was called Wonderland. (ISBN13 9780500501177) All about various films, TV shows, magic lantern slides… Also search youtube for ‘Making Wonderland | ACMI Documentary’

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