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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zero+ Publishing; First edition (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982246161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982246160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,969,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Erlanson is a writer, art collector and editor of the art blog Erratic Phenomena. She grew up in backwoods New Hampshire without electricity or television, her nose buried in dusty old books, where she discovered a passion for Golden Age illustration. While slacking off from her job shelving books in the art history library of Dartmouth College, she learned most of what she knows about art. After earning her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth, she headed west to pursue graduate studies at California Institute of the Arts. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she divides her time between the entertainment industry and the art world, and delves into the hearts and minds of her favorite artists through her exhaustively researched interviews. Recently, she co-authored the books Andrew Hem: Dreams Towards Reality, Dabs Myla: Midnight Fantasy, Edwin Ushiro: Gathering Whispers, Chris Berens: Mapping Infinity, and Heroes & Villains, and contributed essays about Mark Ryden to his Rizzoli collection, The Gay '90s, and his massive Taschen monograph, Pinxit.

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HEROES & VILLAINS: Portraits of Contemporary Artists comes onto the literary scene as a volume documenting a very special art movement that has been outside the mainstream so long that it is now slipping into the museums and galleries instead of remaining on the streets and in the conversations of those truly informed art devotees who have an ever-open eye an dear for the innovative morphing of redefined art. These heroes and villains have been expressing their agendas and their unique thoughts on the buildings of our cities around the world in the art form of graffiti now celebrated by at least one major museum - the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles - and in the graphic novels, handmade books carrying social comments, performance, and painted or drawn art that takes a critical look at our society and its vagaries. If artists are those shamans who inform us of our meaning, then the artists honored here are directly involved.

Photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho have been creating portraits of these often strange artists who are less concerned with fame than with freedom of expression and the obsession to inform us of our follies and our under-appreciated beauties - a project that represents six years of traveling around the country and creating the portraits we are privileges to see here. Most are full page color works of individual artists or groups of artists who work together while others are framed with white border and others are in rich black and white. Whatever the format the portraits are more than posed photographs of interesting appearing people. Wills and Cho have discovered windows into the personalities and quirks and unique dress that make these fascinating psychological studies.
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A book that delivers what the title promises. Spectacular photographs and engaging interviews that tell us so much about the "heroes and villains" of subculture art, from graffiti to comic books. The photographers have chosen a wide variety of poses, setting, focal lengths and cropping to convey real feeling.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Louise on September 4, 2011
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The plates are beautiful and it is so interesting to see the faces behind some of my favorite painters. Heroes & villains portraits of contemporary artists and interviews is a great book for any art fan.
I took other images of inside this book and did a q & a with roman for my blog [...] if you want more information.
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