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The This is… series by Catherine Ingram and published by Laurence King is a radical rethinking of the common idea of the contemporary artists”biography’.
Forget all the boring and well-renowned ideas of historical and chronological biography because these new publications are innovative, highly visual and definitely more engaging.
With quirky and colorful drawings in comics style these books, ideally for art-lovers, will grasp the attention of neophyte and curios people.
Each book is a fascinating biography of the artist and a showcase of their work, with specially commissioned illustrations that bring the artists’ stories to life.
The first three books, published in May 2014, are the following:
This is Warhol is an enquiry on the flamboyant and eccentric life of the bomb kid Andy, from the beginning of his career to the apotheosis of the Factory in New York. From the childhood in Pittsburgh to the chaotic and inspiring life in The Manhattan Silver Factory.
This is Dalì explores the life and career of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Surrealism is not only a painting technique but essentially a sort of ‘lifestyle’ for the Spanish artist. Moreover, the book discusses his venture into the commercial world from his extravagant jewellery to his cheeky design for the Chupa Chups lollipops.
This is Pollock is focused on the ‘bad boy’ American artist career. Prototype of the Beat Generation, during the Cold War his paintings were exploited as a political weapon to spread an image of American democracy all over the world.
We do look forward to reading the new ones…
(Images courtesy of Laurence King Publishing press office).