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Paintings

McCartney, Paul

ISBN 10: 0821226738 / ISBN 13: 9780821226735
Published by Bulfinch, 2000
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Lovely copy in like jacket under fresh mylar. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 010367

Bibliographic Details

Title: Paintings

Publisher: Bulfinch

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Yellow Cloth

Illustrator: Photos

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: Stated First.

Book Type: Remainder

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Synopsis:

Paintings exhibited for the first time last year in Siegen, Germany are collected in a volume that is complemented by candid photographs by the knighted former Beatles star's late wife, Linda, and a lengthy interview with the artist.

Review:

Tony Bennett, David Byrne, and occasionally David Bowie all do it--they make art. With the introduction of Paul McCartney: Paintings, we can now add the famous Beatle to the list. The book is a catalog of paintings from McCartney's 1999 exhibition in Germany. Music and art have many things in common; for McCartney it is the freedom to "play" that connects both endeavors. Fittingly, his paintings draw most of their influence from abstract expressionism, in which the material quality of the paint itself inspires the drips, blobs, and splatters. His paintings range from cartoon-like figures and faces to open landscapes. The colors are dynamic with varying thicknesses of paint, some with marks scratched into the surface, all with stories and symbolic value.

From the illustrations and accompanying essays to the very candid interview, we are given remarkable insight into McCartney's practice as a committed creative person. He confides his insecurities as a painter who has never gone to art school, and his defining moments as an artist both musically and visually. There is an unusually generous section in which McCartney discusses many of the paintings in the book; it's a behind-the-scenes look as he elaborates on the personal meanings behind certain symbols, tells stories and anecdotes, and acknowledges his painterly influences, specifically Willem de Kooning. Also included are personal photographs of the artist at work, 117 color illustrations, and 17 duotone photographs. --J.P. Cohen

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