This amazing mind blowing art book really captures these fabulous graphic European artists from the 1960's. (Bruce Alexander New York Waste)
As Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art, by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel, shows, Edelmann’s story isn’t the only exception to some of the generally held rules of sixties psychedelic art. Another is that there were no great women artists of the period. How, then, to explain Marijke Koger, member of the design collective the Fool (which created, for instance, the costumes for the Magical Mystery Tour film), painter (her murals for the Aquarius Theater provided the backdrop for the famed LA run of Hair), set designer (on the 1968 film Wonderwall), and onetime musician (she’s credited as the tambourinist during the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” telecast). A modern women, she did it all.
The language of psychedelia existed beyond the borders of the Western world, too. Two of the seven artists profiled in the book are Japanese. Keiichi Tanaami’s illustrations, record sleeves, and posters are inflected with elements of ukiyo and manga, Pop art and underground comics; they’re also significantly informed by his memories of World War II. “Toyko was on fire,” he recalls. “It was very psychedelic for me.” (Nicole Rudick The Paris Review Daily)
...in “Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art”, a book of previously unpublished photos, as well as essays and interviews, Ms. Koger and other artists who defined the look of the ’60s get their due. (Erica M. Blumenthal The New York Times)
About the Author
Norman Hathaway is an art director and design historian focusing on underappreciated design personalities and techniques. He is the author of Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art and coauthor of Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art, and has led creative initiatives for Outsider Art Fair's New York and Paris events, London's Design Museum and Royal Academy of Arts, and artists including Paul McCartney. He has also taught and lectured widely on the history of design and typography.
Dan Nadel is a writer and editor for art and visual culture publications, and an art curator. He is the author of Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900-1969 and Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980; the coauthor of Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art; the editor of Gary Panter; the coeditor of the online version of The Comics Journal; and the curator of What Nerve!: Alternative Figures in American Art from 1960 to the Present at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. He is also the founder of PictureBox, a Grammy Award-winning publishing company.