In this delightful article for Print Magazine about the late artist Renaldo Kuhler and Brett Ingram's new book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, Steven Heller interviews the incomparable designer and editor, Laura Lindgren.
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.
Another great article about Renaldo Kuhler and Ingram's book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, this time in Atlas Obscura, an awe inspiring online publication cataloguing unusual and obscure travel destinations. What a perfect forum to chronicle a journey to Kuhler's imaginary country!
Edward Gomez wrote a wonderfully insightful article in Hyperallergic about Renaldo Kuhler, his brilliant talent, and Brett Ingram's newly released book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler.
In the article, Gomez includes comments and excerpts from an interview with the book's designer and editor, Laura Lindgren, who deserves way more credit than she will ever receive for having designed such a gorgeous book, a treatment of Kuhler's work and his creation that would have made Renaldo very proud.
The brilliant cartoonist & illustrator Drew Friedman, whose work has appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New York Observer, RAW, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and Mad (to name a few), just today gave a wonderful endorsement of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler:
"What a delight it is to discover an artist you were completely unaware of, an artist whose work is graphically intricate, strange, and beautiful, and an artist who has actually invented his own world, or, at least his own country. I love everything about this book and I didn't want it to end. Sixty years of Renaldo Kuhler's work is just not enough! But, it will have to do. It's the publishing event of the year."
- Drew Friedman
"The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is a beautifully designed marvel. The secret country of his feverish imagination was the world he would have preferred to live in. If you’re seeking a respite from our own land and its leaders, you can do nothing better for yourself than to book a trip to another country. Long live Renaldo Kuhler and the great nation of Rocaterrania!”
―Rick Meyerowitz, author of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great; contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times
“This book is FANTASTIC! Beautifully produced and written. Inspiring. Funny. Strange. Sad. Optimistic. All of the things that I look for in a book. Renaldo Kuhler reminds us that we must try to live our lives as best we can and be who we are! We cannot be reminded of that too often.”
―Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty and Beloved Dog; creator of work for Interview magazine, The New York Times, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Talking Heads
“Kuhler’s illustrations of Rocaterrania’s language, leaders, architecture, technologies, and milestones are fiercely alive. . . . Ingram’s documentation of Kuhler’s richly imagined creations will fascinate all who are drawn to art and/or fantasy.”
From Publishers Weekly, Sept. 25, 2017:
* "Filmmaker Ingram returns to the subject of his 2009 documentary Rocaterrania to celebrate the whimsical imagination of self-taught artist Renaldo Kuhler (1931–2013)...Ingram’s keen appreciation of the artist and his work is apparent in every aspect of this book. It’s truly a wonder to behold."
Brett Ingram’s Rocaterrania (2009, 74 minutes), a documentary feature about the life and work of the late scientific illustrator and visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler, will screen at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave. in the East Village) at 6:30pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Commemorating the re-mastered rerelease of Rocaterrania, Ingram will introduce the film, answer questions afterwards, and sign copies of his new book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler--to be released October 24 by Blast Books--designed and edited by the sublimely talented Laura Lindgren.