- Gebundene Ausgabe
- Verlag: Vanderbilt Univ Dept of (Dezember 1985)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0912383119
- ISBN-13: 978-0912383118
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 31,2 x 22,6 x 0,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 125.689 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Dezember 1985
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The career of Patrick Nagel, one of America's significant contemporary artists, ended with his death in 1984. However, a legacy of paintings, drawings, graphics and sculpture remains. This volume looks at the his work. With his first appearance in "Playboy", Nagel found almost immediate success. In less than seven years, he created over 60 graphic editions, each of which sold out within weeks of publication. Over 80,000 people own at least one of his limited-edition pieces, making him one of the best-selling artists in history. His work has graced magazine covers and record jackets, as well as the walls of many influential collectors. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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First, a bit about its history. "The book" (as Nagelphiles know it) was printed in a rush by Nagel's publisher, Mirage. Nagel died in early 1984, and the prices being realized by galleries selling his prints skyrocketed. In reality, the book is a very glossy advertisement for Nagel's work in the first years after his death. It included those originals and prints that Mirage had for sale. It is incomplete, and does not show off of the breadth or quality of Nagel's work. Any academics studying this artist's work would hold their noses when examining the images. The images were hastily collected from works on hand, and do not provide an expository of this talented artist's short life.
Second, the book is wrong in subtle but important ways. The images were (and are) iconic and popular. In fact, many were cut out and displayed as small prints by fans and fly-by-night "art" businesses. However, the colors are too often muddy and do not reflect the actual colors of the original works. As to the tirage of the limited editions and posters reflected at the end of the book, these numbers are occassionally incorrect and often do not reflect printers proofs that were signed by Nagel. Further, as to the image of "Standing Lady" and "Wasserman Silkscreen", the pictures are reversed in the book (an understandable mistake if one looks at both images, but one which underscores how quick and rough this book was when it was published.)
The bottom line: If anyone is interested in Nagel, or wishes to collect his prints, this book is a must to own. However, a new book should be written with more in depth history and analysis of the work, along with more comprehensive and higher quality examples. Where possible, notes on edition sizes for prints should be corrected where they are not precise.
That being said, who doesn't love to have Patrick Nagel ladies sitting on the coffee table to point at and daydream about and start conversation. Always a classic, even if this print kind of stinks.