- Tapa blanda: 176 páginas
- Editor: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; Edición: First Edition (19 de mayo de 1999)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1860742564
- ISBN-13: 978-1860742569
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.006.239 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 may 1999
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A history of psychedelic poster art from both San Francisco and London features samples from and interviews with many leading 1960s poster artists, including Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, Rick Griffin, and Victor Moscoso, and offers valuable advice for collectors of the posters. Original.
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The author, a British music promoter who became a poster art aficionado, has done a good job of describing the development and rise of the genre as well as tying it into the overall history of the advertising art poster beginning in the 'Belle Epoque.' Within chapters, he singles out artists and their work and places them in the context of the movement. The national origin of the author is a factor here as it is obvious that the author has personal relationships with and has a more intimate knowledge of the British poster artists and art scene than he has with those of the American scene. Still, he does a more than adequate job covering the domestic American scene. This book weighs a ton because of the excellent, thick, paper stock it is printed on and because the English printer used lavish amounts of eyepopping brightly colored ink in its printing. As a sidenote, there is a fascinating section on acid blotter paper art with accompanying photographs, and a section on collecting psychedelic posters. PLUS, to get one's collection going, new copies of the book include a coupon for a complimentary psychedelic poster from Alan Forbes and the San Francisco Art Lab.
I rate this book only four stars because 1) due to its highly collectible nature, it should have been published in hardback also. 2) The author cites some work by an artist and then fails to picture/identify it. 3) This topic begs for a book at least twice a long as it is.
Still, I am quite certain that any purchaser will be more than happy with it.
The sixties poster art imagery has become a staple of the fashion industry right now so it means even more to me to page thru this beautiful book and look at representations of authentic expression rather than a t- shirt. "High Art -- A History of the Psychedelic Poster" is rich in colorful expressions like the music of the time. This book give you the economic, political and essentials to understand the context, substance of depth that inspired the creativity! The book includes "The New Wave" and they are fun (example a poster for Hole) but the psychedelic art is in a league of it's own with Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Dylan posters-- my personal favorites. Stanley Mouse and Rick Griffin are some of the shining stars. The Dylan poster "Blowing in The Mind" by Martin Sharp for Big O is pure energy . There are a couple of Big Brother and the Holding Co. images but I wish there was one that highlights Janis Joplin. How ironic the new hip pricey t-shirt industry has embraced Janis! David Vaughn's Psychedelic Buick is stunning and owning the convertiable would be dreamy but I can enjoy the photo (page 146) minus the maintanace and parking tickets!
I have damaged my copy with my own paint splashes.
I am glad I have this book in my collection!
For me, this is a picture book, starting with the front and back covers in the stark bright primary colors of red, green, gold, orange, and magenta in wriggling shapes that resolve into an eye. Finally I see the center is the book title.
That's how it was in 1966, when I saw a poster tacked to a San Francisco telephone pole. Wow, look at the colors! Being of the same value, they blink, optically dancing. These effects had been avoided in previous art as "clashing" or "distracting". True, sometimes the who, what, when, where information was hard to find and read. Remember, these posters were ads for events. We took the posters down and lived surrounded with them on our walls. Just as fast, the posters reappeared. They seemed to be as free as our spirits were then. Mine are gone, lost or stolen. But the art entered my psyche permanently.
I got the book in 1999 having been lured into the Virgin Megastore by smoke rings floating out over Union Square into New York City. Some people didn't like the rings even though nicotine use was not required for the high. If you are like that, you probably won't like this book.
The book is a lasting trip based on creative, unique, beautiful art posters. These posters' history is like that of Japanese woodcuts. The mention of Dylan in another review sent me to the index which listed three pages, not including the full page poster. There is no list of illustrations. This book is best for browsing.