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Synopsis: Art. Artist Joe Coleman's ORIGINAL SIN contains visually stimulating and radically graphic nightmarish images. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, historian Harold Schechter and art critic/poet John Yau contribute essays to this extremely dark "coffin table" book. Joe's work is often compared to illuminated manuscripts because of the great detail contained within each piece. His acrylic paintings depict acts of violence, some of which even include gory details of various body parts. Both sexual and revolting, the book contains material that may not be suitable for everyone.
Review: Joe Coleman is a powerful artist whose paintings in acrylic on Masonite contain within their bizarre decorative borders an astonishing profusion of specific, intensely colorful nightmare images. He does not try to be pretty. He does not flinch from depicting revolting details of body parts and violence. (Click on the cover illustration for a closer look.) Often he places a totemic figure, such as Edgar Allan Poe or Ed Gein in the middle of the canvas, then he explores his fascination with that person by surrounding the figure with vignettes about the individual's life and work. After hours of meticulous labor with tiny brushes, every square millimeter of the canvas is covered with quotations, faces, glyphs, documents, dramatic scenes, and horrifying creatures. His paintings are often compared to illuminated manuscripts. Original Sin contains 48 pages of color plates, many with accompanying detail views, and numerous illustrations in black and white. Essays by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, art historian John Yau, and writer Harold Schechter offer insights into Coleman's psyche and world-view. Detailed keys explain the allegorical and historical references in 19 of the paintings. Warning: this is strong stuff, both gory and sexual. To view more of Coleman's art, see the cover illustration of Coleman's Cosmic Retribution.
Title: Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe ...
Publisher: Green Candy Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Heck Editions, New York, 1998. Softcover. 118, xxxiv pp. Pictorial wrappers. With essays by John Yau, Jim Jarmusch, and Harold Schechter. Profusely illustrated in b&w and color. A fine copy. ; Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 28875
Book Description Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.: Gates of Heck Inc, 1997. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Brand new. Still in original plastic wraps. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11637533393
Book Description Green Candy Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0963812963
Book Description Green Candy Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Signed. SIGNED BY JOE COLEMAN. Good. Used, some wear to cover. staining to top textblock edge, some creasing to pages, but overall is still in solid reading condition. Pasadena's finest new and used bookstore. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000316989
Book Description Heck, Gates of Heck Inc., New York, 1997. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Book inscribed by Joe Coleman; book slightly used; a very good copy. Inscribed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000621
Book Description U.S.A.: Green Candy Press, 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A near fine, clean and tight softcover copy in stiff wrappers. Light bump to spine near top of spine. No bent corners to wrappers, no creases to wrappers. First Edition. A very decent copy. *** WE BOX AND SHIP ALL BOOKS WITH USPS TRACKING. *** WE HAVE BEEN BUYING AND SELLING USED BOOKS FOR OVER 35 YEARS. Bookseller Inventory # 001851
Book Description Gates of Heck, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Acceptable. Acceptable items may shows sign of prior usage, pages stained or discoloured from the outside. Covers/corners and spine may be worn/bent, may contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001326658
Book Description Green Candy Press 1998-07-15, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: good. 1st. 0963812963. Bookseller Inventory # 624460
Book Description Heck Editions, New York., 1997. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 124 pages which include 32 colour plates + 36 page addendum numbered separately. owner name under front flap of semi-stiff card covers "John J. Gibson". (He was an art lecturer at the Courtauld Institute in the 1980's-90's. The copy is near fine, not ex-library. States it was printed in October 1997 and a 1st edition. Small folio. Bookseller Inventory # 2959
Book Description Green Candy Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0963812963 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0534429