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Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art Paperback – February 29, 2012

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This overview of seven artists - a compilation of images, essays, and interviews - aims to revise and expand common perceptions of the 1960s psychedelic aesthetic. (Jan Stuart The New York Times Book Review)

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...in “Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art”, a book of previously unpublished photos, as well as essays and interviews, Ms.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)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Damiani; 1st edition (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8862082045
  • ISBN-13: 978-8862082044
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, this book is blowing my mind. First of all, the quality of the printing is beautiful (printed in Italy). Vibrant color. Love the feel of the cover, which is matte paper not glossy. The design sensibility throughout is flawless.

Most importantly, the artwork is amazing. I think one of the biggest strengths is that it is a focused survey of seven artists, so it dives deeply with about 20 images for each. And the interviews are very interesting - I particularly love the one with Yokoo, and his comments on his work. Opening interview with McCartney is good too. Martin Sharp. All good. I plan to keep this one out on the table. Highly recommend!
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The Electrical Banana is a fantastic read from cover to cover. Gorgeous design and high-quality printing serve the colorful, mind-bending art very well. Extensive interviews with each artist give the reader useful insight into this extraordinarily creative period.

Rather than embark on an encyclopedic review of the development of psychedelic art, Electrical Banana shows the genre at its fullest expression through the work of seven master artists. Although each of these artists are imaginative and talented, I was immediately drawn to the work of Mati Klarwein. His painstakingly rendered, visionary paintings are incredibly exciting to explore. Klarwein's paintings are portals of ideas and time periods, containing a variety of references to popular culture, primitive and non-Western art, utopian mysticism, and totemic symbolism.

Also included is Paul McCartney's wild hand-painted piano, psychedelic Japanese pop art, vibrant examples of fashion from the period, and the artist behind the animated feature, Yellow Submarine.

Whether you're a serious student of art, a professional artist, or just interested in an unusual experience...pick up The Electrical Banana right now!
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Great book. I'm doing a body of pottery work on a 1960's psychedelic theme and this is the reference I needed. There is a chapter on each of several notable artists of the time. Illustrations are colorful and clear. Paper is good quality. Worth the money and extremely interesting information, too. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a good survey of the pop culture art of the 1960s.
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Great interviews by artists and awesome posters I have never seen, even online. I am very glad I made this purchase.
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The quality was excellent and the shipping didn't take for ever.
I'm very happy with it.
It's a very helpful book for my psychedelic poster thesis!
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