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Thomas McKnight's World: A Vision of Earthly Happiness

McKnight, Thomas

Published by Abbeville Press, NY, 1987
ISBN 10: 0896597814 / ISBN 13: 9780896597815
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Title: Thomas McKnight's World: A Vision of Earthly...

Publisher: Abbeville Press, NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Cloth

Illustrator: Illus. In Color

Book Condition: Almost Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine

Signed: By Author

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Art


Book has bump on top edge of spine with spine roll and some springiness to top edge of text block, i.e. top edge of spine is slightly "cocked"/started, 4 corners are very lightly bumped. DJ has small crease on top edge of DJ spine, small abrasion on bottom front cover/edge of DJ (color loss), a few light rubbing marks on rear panel of DJ (white colroed). 199pp with Index. Deep Purple cloth. Stated 1st Ed. Tight, bright copy. No remainder mark. No internal names, notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover (NP). Illus. with 200 full color illus. + 8 others. Vistas and views from windows or outside from Long Island, The Mediterranean, Manhattan, Venice, Mykonos, New England, England, across America, Europe + fantasies and etchings. Intro by Ronny Cohen. Short inscription in ink from author on Half-Title Page - "For Sharla Cevva & Michael Kozlowski - Best wishes - Tom McKnight - 2-20-88". McKnight paints with casein on cnavas or on gesso-coated sheets of paper then recreates the image as a silk screen graphics filled with shining colors and turned into limited edition prints. EXTRA POSTAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING due to size and weight - Flat Rate Priority International Med. Box only - $65.00 includes insurance and tracking. (H) Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 17737

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Synopsis: Preface and commentaries by Thomas McKnight. Introduction by Ronny Cohen. With 217 illustrations, 208 in full color. Fine condition in fine dust jacket.

From Publishers Weekly: Sharp and jewellike, McKnight's silkscreen prints mirror his search for an earthly paradise. His is a cheerful, too tidy world where crescent moons peek through windows, lovers embrace by the Seine and windmills tower over white rooftops on the Greek isle of Mykonos. In this lavish, oversize volume, Cohen, a freelance curator, portentously compares McKnight's work to paintings by neo-expressionists, neo-classicists and Italian Renaissance masters. The artist's debt to naive or primitivist painting and to graphic illustration is ignored. With their deliberate childlike innocence and shimmering colors, his prints and etchings are largely nostalgic and sentimental in their appeal. The pictures are repetitious; a room interior in Coconut Grove looks pretty much like a room interior in Manhattan. His kitsch fantasies of Narcissus, Atlantis, sacred and profane love are fragmentary puzzles.
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