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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Act Clr Cs edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452116830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452116839
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The quirky compilation is also somehow cathartic, dredging up nostalgia (lots of old-school Care Bears and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle references), while remaining utterly ridiculous, so much so that no matter how immune one is to the treacle of low-brow culture, it's sure to amuse."
-Sacramento News & Review

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About the Author

Brandon Bird is an artist most known for his tendency to paint figures from history and pop culture in absurd situations. He lives in Los Angeles.

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His art work speaks for itself, he is good, very good!
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And the way that Brandon Bird so seamlessly combines such juxtaposed iconography is simply masterful.
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You can't without first buying this time waster of a book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Fedo on August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Brandon Bird is one of the most interesting artists working today. It's obvious he has the talent alongside the masters. But instead of painting fruit and French cafés, the man chooses to build a fantasy world in which today's quirkiest celebrities and personalities become movable set pieces. Like a child using his Power Rangers and Star Wars action figures as the warring houses Capulet and Montague for his middle school assignment to build a diorama of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

In that way, his work beautifully and simultaneously parodies and honors the subjects of his paintings. Bird shows the ridiculousness of a character like Mr. T, but immortalizes him the same way the Greeks have immortalized Hercules.

In this his first book, Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art, Bird shows this talent by giving the reader not only full-color pages of many of his works, but the majority of the book is set up like a coloring and activity book - including pages of postcards and stickers.

If you're already a fan of his work, I don't have to sell you on this, it's a guaranteed purchase. If Brandon Bird is a new name to you, but you're a fan of pop culture, beautiful artwork, and Law and Order, this book will probably be the best thing you buy all year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coralcaves on August 28, 2013
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Art in a book can be hard to digest. This book has pictures and few words. If you don't like reading then this is the book for you! I suggest staying away from the Kindle version unless you hate stickers. Personally, stickers are what I look for in a book...and THIS BOOK HAS STICKERS!!! Also there may or may not be a picture of Ed Norton...I forget. Also, if you like reading you can write then read many words on the pages but then the art won't speak for itself...so just don't do that.

Brandon Bird is the voice of a generation...a swan in bearded man suite, a mother and a lover. The man you and I hope to one day be. Get this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Miner on September 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across this book while being chased by a grizzly bear in British Columbia. It really helped take my mind of things and make the best of a bad situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. E Goldsmith on August 27, 2013
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Brandon Bird's bizarre and twisted illustrations and paintings of pop culture figures recontextualized in sometimes absurd, sometimes mundane situations are the greatest works of art since Picasso croaked. Or at least the funniest. Chris Walken building robots, Frasier Crane joining the Fantastic Four, Laura Linney in a mech suit... what else do you want out of art, honestly? Brandon Bird is a mad genius and this book collects some of his best work. Plus there are stickers and cut-out Walken masks. Buy this if you believe in truth, humanity, and Nic Cage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MomTo4Cats on August 27, 2013
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Several years ago, and I don't remember how, I first came across one of Brandon Bird's paintings. It was "Brave Cone Dog." I thought it was cute and quirky and being a creative person myself I wanted to find out who its creator was. I'm so glad I did.

Brandon's art is really fun - you can tell he's enjoying what he's doing - and his clever thinking comes through in every piece. "Astonishing World of Art" is a must-have for any fan of popular culture, Python-esque dry humor and the artist himself.

Hope to see more of such publications (hint, hint). I now have a fantastic conversation starter on my coffee table. Kudos, Mr. Bird!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acrobantics on August 28, 2013
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Holy Law & Order, Batman!

...Ok, if you don't get that reference, you need to check out Brandon Bird's work. His art is masterful, creative, zany, AND hilarious. I was so excited to find out he had a book coming out and it. is. awesome.

I've never seen anything like this -- it's a ridiculous mash-up of art, humor, celebrity, and craft projects.

I'm going to order a couple more copies for my friends. It's just that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Carter on August 28, 2013
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I've been a fan of Brandon Bird's for a while so I am so pleased this book came out! I think what makes him different than other artists who recently hopped on the pop culture art train is that Brandon Bird has real talent to back it up. Plus he has been at it for a long time and does his own thing, not catering to whatever the hot subject is.

The book made me laugh out loud many times and the art looks fabulous. Stickers, games and laughs, what else do you need!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frolixo on August 28, 2013
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WOW. You don't beat the river. You ride it. Respect it. The river is art and Brandon is the boat. Ride this art book.
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More About the Author

Brandon Bird is the artist behind the Law & Order coloring book and valentines, the Nicolas Cage colorform adventure set, and that one painting floating around the internet of Christopher Walken building a robot in his garage. His work can be seen at Brandonbird.com.

Originally from Sacramento, Bird graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and from 2004 - 2006 was an artist-in-residence at Cornell University. Accolades include a Webby Award (2005, in the category "Weird") and a hug from Eric Roberts.

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