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Curated by the editors of McSweeney's, this unconventional book explores the intersection of text, humor, and illustration in art created by cartoonists, writers, musicians, and fine artists. A refreshing mixture of high, low, and sideways, the selection features nearly 300 images from dozens of contributors, including David Shrigley, Kurt Vonnegut, Leonard Cohen, Chris Johanson, David Mamet, and many more. Insightful interviews with the artists further illuminate the shared and divergent approaches they take in creating this smart, funny, and engaging work.

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In a book that resists easy categorization (and gives writers of capsule reviews fits), the editors of McSweeney's bring together dozens of contributors and nearly 300 images to explore the intersection of text, humor, and illustration. Created by cartoonists, writers, musicians, and fine artists (including Banksy, Leonard Cohen, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Marcel Duchamp), the images mix high art, low art, cartoons, scribbles, social commentary, politics, and just about anything else you can think of. Interviews with the artists provide insights into how many of the images came about. Funny, sometimes offensive, and often profound, this book will have wide appeal. Writer Dave Eggers provides the foreword. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

McSweeney's was founded in 1998 as a San Francisco-based literary journal edited by Dave Eggers, and has since evolved into a celebrated and award-winning independent publishing company.

Michael Kimmelman is an art critic for the New York Times and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. He lives in Berlin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811867160
Author:
Mcsweeneys
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Introduction by:
Kimmelman, Michael
Introduction:
Kimmelman, Michael
Foreword by:
Eggers, Dave
Foreword:
Eggers, Dave
Editor:
McSweeney's
Author:
McSweeney's
Subject:
General
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Art-Museums and Collections
Subject:
General Art
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090930
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.00x9.00x1.20 in. 2.35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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