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Black Velvet Masterpieces: Highlights from the Collection of the Velveteria Museumby Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin
Synopses & Reviews
Though beloved by millions around the world, black velvet paintings have too long been relegated to the shadowy backrooms of art history. Black Velvet Masterpieces celebrates the best and worst of this kitschy yet sought-after artform, showcasing the most mind-blowing paintings from the Velveteria museum, home to a rotating collection of more than 1,200 crying Elvises, troubling clowns, naked ladies, dogs playing poker, celebrity and presidential portraits, black light psych-outs, and the just plain weird. Complementing 300 reproductions of these tactile masterpieces are a unique history of the medium tracing its roots from ancient China and Japan through Victorian England, the South Seas, Southeast Asia, and the Americas, and a step-by-step exploration of the tricky art of painting on this luxurious fabric.
Book News Annotation:
Baldwin and Anderson opened the museum in Portland, Oregon in 2005. Here they reproduce, mostly without the velvet, some of their favorites. The categories include Polynesian paradise, nudes from around the world, war is hell, masterpieces of art, Jesus and Mary, black velvet power, and the devils. Chapters also discuss the style and technique of velvet painting, collecting, and the history of the genre. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin fell in love while on the hunt for black velvet paintings. Together they opened the Velveteria museum in Portland, Oregon, in 2005 and are the world's leading authorities on this underappreciated art.
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