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Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel Hardcover – December 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Dept of (December 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912383119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912383118
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 8.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Nagel (1945-1984), who was well-known as an illustrator for Playboy, also created paintings, drawings, sculpture and other works of art, all of which are amply and richly represented in this collection.
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Preserves the rich legacy of one of America's most important artists with more than 100 full-color plates, 25 black-and-white drawings, two full-color foldouts, and a full-color catalogue raisonne of the artist's poster graphics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very nice coffee table book.
NYCDapp
The rest of the book looks like it had never been opened and sat on a shelf waiting for me to purchase it.
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It's an amazing addition to my art book collection.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Crook on June 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book gets 5 stars because it is currently the only book on the subject of Patrick Nagel's art. However, as a longtime Nagel junkie, I have some bones to pick with it. The purpose of this review is to give the reader a bit of its unwritten history, some guidance on its contents, and some suggestions for future editions. The last point will be discussed with the first two.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail Willis on April 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the most comprehensive book about the art of Patrick Nagel. It includes all of the paintings he did for Playboy as well as commemorative prints and sketches he did. I was surpised to see that he did a sculpture piece. It is a pity that the book is now out of print. The late Patrick Nagel was a genius. May his legend live on!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
An extremely well-thought out book. Contains a large body of Nagel's lavish pieces, along w/ pencil drafts, print & lithography histories. Pages are large enough for framing & compliments his distinctive palette of colours. Also available in paperback( although through another publisher at one point). A must for your coffee table or your art book collection
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Nagel Book is one book that is worth looking at, with its awesome poster illustrations and one of a kind look at women and how beautiful and strong they are is truly something I love and now collect for my own house. I have 2 of the framed limited poster editions already and I hope to collect more!!
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By Josue Rodriguez on May 23, 2014
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Well, what I expected was a softcover copy like one I checked out at a local library. Instead I got a hardcover version, not "perfect" but with a vintage aged charm. As for the content of the book itself, I thoroughly enjoy the artwork. Patrick Nagel's artwork was ahead of its time, yet classic. This book is a treasure.
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A definitive career retrospective of the man who became famous in the pages of Playboy. As a teen in the 80's, I spent hours marveling at his depictions of the ideal female form - lean & athletic.
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Love the artist, don't love the book. Paper quality is acceptable, but ink prints are washed out and faded (and not just because of the print's age--I bought a like-new copy). The publisher could have done a lot more with layout, and they really should have sought higher quality images, because the resolution on these means you have a 12" tall book filled with 3" tall paintings. It's kind of ridiculous.
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.
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By NYCDapp on September 16, 2013
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Very nice coffee table book. I bought this with the intention of using the pics as wall art-Nagel prints are a fortune. I still just may, but I'll get another copy for the house!
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