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Obsessed with Phaidon Art Books?

If you love art history and spent some quality time in undergraduate and/or graduate school studying the visual arts then you probably know (and LOVE!) Phaidon Press. I, for one, can’t get enough of these absolutely gorgeous art books. I had a dazzling collection that was ruined by a leaky Seattle storage space in 2011 ūüôĀ ¬†Now I’m on a quest to get them all back and started by asking for the encyclopedic The Art Museum text for Christmas last year!


I digress, I’m a bit obsessed, and can’t wait to share with you this amazing event happening tomorrow at the Hollywood Roosevelt!! ¬†Phaidon Press is celebrating the¬†new art book, Wild Art, by David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro. ¬†It sounds like an excellent time and truly art-nerd-worthy. ¬†Hope to see you there!

Hot With The Chance Of Late Storm - The Glue Society

Hot With The Chance Of Late Storm – The Glue Society

There is a great interview with Phaidon editor Jennifer Lawson¬†introducing the book, here’s an excerpt:

How did Wild Art come about?

The two authors Joachim Pissarro and David Carrier approached Phaidon with an idea for the book a few years ago. They‚Äôre both well-respected art historians and writers who‚Äôve been working within the art establishment for a number of years. But together they‚Äôd come up with the idea that there was more to be explored outside the formal art establishment. Both of them teach and in their conversations with students they’d often come up against the question: why is some art deemed to be worthy of being¬†exhibited in a gallery and¬†given serious consideration while some is not? They wanted to explore this idea a bit further so they decided to look at 10 different areas of art outside the established art world.¬†

Ocean Beach - Andres Amador

Ocean Beach – Andres Amador

More about WILD ART:

In WILD ART (Phaidon, $39.95, October 28, 2013), authors David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro present an illustrated homage to creativity outside the art world’s confines.

From graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture, flash mobs, portraits made from jello shots, paintings made by animals, light shows, carnivals and giant artworks that can only truly seen from the air, the works in WILD ART are often spectacular, occasionally shocking, and guaranteed to elicit reactions.

Au Vieux Panier hotel, Marseille - Tilt

Au Vieux Panier hotel, Marseille – Tilt

I’m blown away by WILD ART. Some of the images are so refreshing and startling that they help you look at the everyday world again renewed and invigorated. David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro have created a wonderful book. – Jeff Koons

View an online sampler here:

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