S.F. exhibit focuses on designer Mary Blair
—her art gave Disney films a modern look
Walt Disney knew how to pull America's heartstrings. He'd tell hilarious stories, bowdlerize a few fairytales, and create lovable characters, who, as the 1930s merged with the 1940s, began looking more and more like real people and less and less like cartoons.
But for a decade starting in 1943, Disney's preference for an "illusion of life," in the words of animator and historian John Canemaker, was tempered by the stylized, abstracted, wildly colored designs of Mary Blair.
From March 13 through September 7, the exhibit 'Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair' will be shown at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio.
The show will contain 200 pieces from all phases of her career, concept and background drawings for Disney, California School watercolors from the 1930s, commercial work from the 1950s and '60s, and designs for the 'It's a Small World' attraction...