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Tim Underwood, Arnie Fenner and Cathy Fenner have edited numerous collections of genre art over the past twenty years.
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599290510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290515
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo VINE VOICE on November 20, 2010
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Shameless Art: 20th Century Genre and the Artists that Defined It

I should qualify myself, I am a painter/illustrator and an architectural Designer and I own a collection of more than 1,000 rare art books, almost all of which are vault stored at a nearby conservatory. Most the books in that collection I began buying while a high school and college student. I was also a tenured Professor of Advertising, Illustration and Architecture throughout most of my career. Between completing my Undergraduate and Graduate degrees, I attended the American Academy of Art and have been since installed in the American Academy of Art's Hall of Fame.

This book is not for the seasoned Illustrator, Professor, or collector who are seeking large format, exquisite reproductions, and prints rarely published. Thus, in my opinion, it is not in the category of classics, for it is a rehashing of dozens of prints already the subject dozens of books of the great pinup artists like Elvgren and Boles and several others including some lesser illustrators.

Shameless Art's pre-publication info ala the following, is more than a little misleading, RE: "This popular art set the stage for the advertised expression of today's more liberated consumer culture. Shameless Art explores the influential work of imaginative illustrators who helped create the visual language for everything from today's comic books, magazine and television advertising, as well as imaginative movies like Avatar (Avatar (2009) - (Added by me-Directed by James Cameron) and sensual films like Y Tu Mama Tambien." (Added by me-Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. 2001).
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The paintings are lovingly presented in full page format. I only wish there had been some coverage about the artists, where the works were first published and how the publisher came to have these exquisite works of "Shameless Art".
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This book is a good, but shallow look at classic pin up art at a great price. It features all full-page, full-color pictures (and a handful of two-page spreads). Most of the more notable artists of the era are represented; Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Rolf Armstrong, George Petty, etc., as well as a few pulp book covers at the end by Robert McGinnis and James Avati among others.

However, there is no text or descriptions accompanying the art, or any information on the artists, and no more than a few pictures from any given artist. It's an excellent low-cost introduction to pin up art for people just discovering the genre, but those with deeper collections will probably not find much new here.
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This is some of the sexiest art that I have ever seen. Each line is perfect, every curve enticing. These are unhearlded artists that have fueled thousands of fantassies. Every smile beguiling, every figure beyound perfection. If there is art in heaven these paintings are there. It put a solid tent in my panties. dianefromcarroll@yahoo.com
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By frank Ever69 on September 16, 2014
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Great book,great content and the presentation was amazing for the price.Recommended.
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