Weirdo deluxe The wild world of pop surrealism & lowbrow art

Matt Dukes Jordan

Book - 2005

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Published
San Francisco : Chronicle Books 2005.
Language
English
Physical Description
191 p. : col. ill
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191) and index.
ISBN
9780811842419
Main Author
Matt Dukes Jordan (-)
  • Lowbrow influences and history
  • Featured artists. Josh Agle (Shag)
  • Anthony Ausgang
  • Glenn Barr
  • Gary Baseman
  • Tim Biskup
  • Kalynn Cambell
  • Joe Coleman
  • Camille Rose Garcia
  • Stacy Lande
  • Liz McGrath
  • Scott Musgrove
  • Skot Olsen
  • Gary Panter
  • The Pizz
  • Mark Ryden
  • Isabel Samaras
  • Todd Schorr
  • Kathy Staico Schorr
  • Owen Smith
  • Joe Sorren
  • Gary Taxali
  • Eric White
  • Robert Williams.
Review by Booklist Reviews

The simultaneously retro and pomo lowbrow art movement is on display in cutting-edge galleries, such magazines as Juxtapoz, and such books as the long-running annual comics-art anthology Blab! Jordan points out in the introduction to this guided tour of the movement that the movement isn't itself lowbrow, though the influences on which it draws--punk rock, the tiki lounge revival, folk art, kitsch in general--decidedly are. Jordan showcases two-dozen artists, from pioneers (and former 1970s underground comics creators) Robert Williams and Gary Panter to younger practitioners Gary Baseman and Mark Ryden. More than 100 reproductions appear, along with the artists' comments on their obsessions, collections, and the movement; many of them disdain the lowbrow label, and Williams voices contempt for the "new guys" following in his footsteps, accusing them of wooing a mass audience. He has a point. The once subversive and slightly dangerous is now accessible and benign. Hence this book of attractive, clever, congenial stuff--especially so to those who enjoy pop culture at its most embarrassing. ((Reviewed April 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Featuring more than 100 artistic reproductions in eye-popping color, this volume explores the work of some two-dozen artists who are identified with the "lowbrow" art movement. Independent journalist and painter Jordan provides an overview of lowbrow influences (such as comics, punk rock, and tiki imagery) and history in the introduction. Some of the artists profiled include Todd Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, Joe Coleman, "The Pizz," and Gary Taxali. Oversize: 9x9". Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Lowbrow" it may be called, but high-profile best describes the cultural impact of this contemporary art movement. Found everywhere from wine labels and high-end bar accessories to major motion pictures (Teacher's Pet, the upcoming Pink Panther), the visibility of this dynamic work has rapidly increased in the last few years to worldwide recognition and acclaim. Weirdo Deluxe is the first significant manifesto of the genrea riotous blend of pop culture, street culture, pop art, and surrealismand includes profiles of and interviews with 23 leading artists and hundreds of outrageous examples of their work. Special features include an expansive timeline, and peeks at the artists' collections and influences. Weirdo Deluxe is at once a primer and lowbrow art sourcebook as well as a visual homage to pop culture.