Joe Brainard: Paintings
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London. American Art Catalogues. 2021. Hardcover with dust jacket, embossed with color illus. Book condition: Like New. Jacket condition: Like New. 84pp. (ill. in color).
A well illustrated catalogue survey of American Art Joe Brainard's paintings, featuring letters to Fairfield Porter and "The Language of Flowers" a poem of sorts by Alex da Corte.
Joe Brainard was a a multimedia artist associated with the New York School, working in assemblages, collages, drawings, paintings, book and album covers, theatrical sets and costumes. Behind his bold simplicity of his paintings (as with every media he worked in) lies a unique humor and charm. While Brainard began his art career at the beginning of Pop Art his work defies the genre.
"Brainard knew and admired Warhol [having sat for a screen test in 1964]... but he was never a Pop artist in the strict sense. Warhol and Lichtenstein maintained an ironic distance from their subject matter. Brainard's relationship to the material world or popular culture was one of affection or amusement or both." - Constance M. Lewallen (author and curator)