Long before the era of the SYFY channel, Xbox video games and other high-end graphic games, fans of science fiction and fantasy stories read novels and poured through magazines illustrated by world renowned artists. This fall, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center has a very special exhibition that highlights this fantastic genre of art called Masterpieces of American and European Science Fiction Adventure and Fantasy Illustrations. Alien landscapes, mystical creatures and fantastical characters come alive on the walls of the museum with this artwork.
This exhibition features original work by both American and European artists that span more than a century with art that is vivid and that brings to life imaged worlds with detailed illustrations that animate worlds, creatures, and adventures.
A highlight of this exhibition are the illustrations from the private collection of Stephen Korshak, who has had a life long love of this genre of art and literature. His father, Eric Korshak, founded Shasta Publishers which specialized in science fiction books. The drawings inspired a sense of wonder and a passion for the genre in young Stephen. His collection reveals the evolution of fantasy illustration and traces the history of science fiction imagery from the pages of dime store magazines to hardcover, library quality books.
This exhibition runs through October 29, 2017.