The Art of Mickey Mouse: Artists Interpret The World's Favorite Mouse

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The Great and Powerful Mickey is perhaps the only shared muse of artists Charles Schulz, Andy Warhol, Maurice Sendak, Keith Haring, R. Crumb, and pop star Michael Jackson. This whimsical, often surprising collection of 100 full-color images reflects the diverse styles of world-renowned artists, illustrators, animators, sculptors, cartoonists, and designers--united in theme by the world's favorite rodent. John Updike explains in the introduction, "It's all in the ears. When Mickey Mouse was born, in 1928, the world of early cartoon animation was filled with two-legged zoomorphic humanoids, whose strange half-black faces were distinguished one from another chiefly by the ears." He goes on to point out that Mickey Mouse's ears--in defiance of three-dimensional space--are always shown as two perfectly round circles, no matter the angle at which he holds his head, and discloses that if it weren't for Disney's wife Lillian, Mickey might have been named Mortimer. Whether you're an art lover or Mickey Mouse fan, this compilation is sure to fascinate you.

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Combine the creative fantasies of artists from around the world with an American institution like Mickey Mouse, add a thoughtful introduction by premier novelist John Updike, and how can you go wrong? You can't, provided you do a superb job of editing the results. And that is just what the editors have done in this collection of artist's interpretations of the cartoon character that Updike calls "America as it feels to itself--plucky, put-on, inventive, resilient, good-natured, game." Paintings, watercolors, collages, drawings, photographs, sculpture, tapestry--the media used vary as much as the representations of Mickey. Artists include Andy Warhol, Charles Schultz, Maurice Sendak, R. Crumb, Peter Max, and William Steig. A drawing of Mickey by longtime fan Michael Jackson is also featured. Recommended for popular culture collections.
- Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib . , Fullerton
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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