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Brad '61; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. An Original Romance.Inspired by the Pop Paintings of Roy Lichtenstein

HENDRA, Tony

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ISBN 10: 0679430970 / ISBN 13: 9780679430971
Published by Pantheon, New York, 1993
Condition: fine Hardcover
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Many Illus. by Roy Lichtenstein, mostly in color. Square 8vo, pictorial white boards. New York: Pantheon Books, (1993). Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 280281

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Title: Brad '61; Portrait of the Artist as a Young ...

Publisher: Pantheon, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Lichtenstein, Roy

Book Condition: fine

Edition: First.

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Pop images are combined to tell the story of a young man named Brad who wants to fall in love, live in New York, and be an artist

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Lichtenstein's well-known transformation of comic book panels and product ads into gallery paintings embodies both Pop Art's embrace of the pictorial culture of American advertising and the continuing efforts by modernist artists to transform what has traditionally been defined as "nonart" into art. Comic book artists, however, unimpressed by Lichtenstein's high-art historical pedigree, have long complained about his incursions into their graphical turf, claiming that his works appropriate the visual excitement of comics and garner critical acclaim that is snobbishly denied the comics medium itself. Here, Hendra reverses the process, taking Lichtenstein's "elitist," almost canonized paintings of appliances, apparel ads and comic book panels and returning them to the status of mass-produced product, in the form of a narrative comic book. Using 93 of Lichtenstein's 1960s paintings, Hendra follows a down-and-out New Jersey artist, Brad (represented by the 1964 painting "HIM"), detailing his love life and art world ambitions. The story is wry (Brad is desperate to show his paintings to Leo Castelli, Lichtenstein's own dealer) and rather silly (Hendra manages to fit all those paintings of weepy, jilted comic book blondes into the story line), but it is clever and amusing nonetheless.
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