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Gary Panter Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008

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"...Panter - an artist, illustrator, set designer ("Pee-wee's Playhouse"), comic-book author and toymaker - deserves his new two-volume, boxed-set monograph. GARY PANTER (PictureBox/D.A.P., $95), edited by Dan Nadel and designed by Helene Silverman, is so rich in perversely witty imagery and raw lunatic expression that to savor it all requires spending considerable time thumbing through, then going back to focus on the details." --Steven Heller The New York Times Book Review

"Best First "Big Show": Panter isn't just a legendary underground comic-book artist and the guy who created the sets for Pee-wee's Playhouse; he's also a painter. For his Clementine Gallery retrospective, "Pictures From the Psychedelic Swamp, 1972-2001," Panter covered the walls with recurring characters (like his "post-nuclear punk-rock" dude named Jimbo) and curated a room with the quirky ephemera that's inspired his work (soap wrappers, Japanese candy, wet paint signs). "Show" is probably the wrong word for what was on view here: It was more like walking into Panter's messy, expressionistic, and entirely original brain." --New York Magazine, December 12, 2008

About the Author

Mike Kelley, one of the most controversial, prolific and influential figures in contemporary art, was born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, and earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters from California Institute of the Arts. His work, often wickedly humorous and drawing on both high art and the vernacular with distinctively American iconography, ranges across media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, music, performance, writing and video projects, the last often in collaboration with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon and Tony Oursler. In 1993, The Whitney Museum of American Art held a major retrospective of his work. He lives in Los Angeles, and is a member of the graduate faculty at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Daniel Nadel is cofounder of The Ganzfeld.

Robert Storr is a curator, artist and critic who is the Dean of the Art School at Yale University. Among his many books is Modern Despite Modernism.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: PictureBox (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979415314
  • ASIN: B006LWFREU
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T M on October 21, 2008
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2 book boxset covering all of Gary Panter's genius work-- not only his comics, but also his paintings, psychedelic posters, light shows, toys, graphic design,architectural models (!), and my favorite, a full book dedicated to pages from his hundreds of sketchbooks. The print quality in excellent, and the layout as well. The second book mirrors the binding of the sketchbooks, front and back page shown side by side. I'm not sure how to describe this, but check out the images above and you'll see what I mean.
Hardcore fans won't be disappointed with the depth and quality of this set, and for anyone unfamiliar with Panter's work, this is a perfect starting point.
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This is a amazing collection of 2 large art books in a beautiful slipcase with thousands of Gary Panter prints,drawings,sketches.rock posters, toys and so much more. The print quality is PERFECT and the quality is top shelf. If you are not already aware of Gary Panter's amazing work, he is the evil genius behind pee- wee's playhouse. I would have paid at least $100 for this collection so grab it while you can at this great bargain price from Amazon.com.
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By Big Al on October 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A quintessential book on one of the great creative forces of the last 30 years -- the man behind Pee-wee's Playhouse, punk rock and hundreds of unforgettable image. Here he get the full treatment. The essential art book of 2008.
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Forget vapid Celebrity Culture. Don't trust the path of commercialism. Popular culture is a graveyard. You think you owe respect to your elders with their dead ideas? You think culture shouldn't harsh your mellow steady flow? Oh, but wait! You're terrified of becoming lost, like the proverbial Black Sheep, aren't you? You really believe you're comfortable with the safe White Gangster Sheep. You're convinced there's a Black Abyss that will swallow you up if you venture out too far. Because the Black Sheep don't have safe friends. Who are the ugly minds that tell you these things? Why do you listen? Why do you keep surrounding yourself with piles of useless junk that represent the Ugly Spirit? Because you're ugly inside, but do you know why? Because the world is upside-down and your cultural compass is steering you wrong. You wish somebody would absorb the horror of pop culture for you and transform it into sublime images so you can enter a realm of Radiant Dark Light. If only you could do it, you would. You want to do it, you want to decipher this new path that is already decades old. Trust me when I assure you that your eyes are only half open. Because, there exists out there sheltered away from fame and glory a true visionary. A spark of creation that has single-handedly forged the templates for modern pop culture. You don't want to believe, you don't want to see. You think if you can copy late period Picasso or Matisse you're an artist who can get by without the decades of effort to learn how to reduce a form down to its essence. But there is no cheating, there is only hard work. Gary Panter has worked harder than you can even begin to contemplate and he's four decades ahead of you. Imagine keeping it together and staying fresh for 40 years.Read more ›
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I cannot get enough of this book!
What a pleasure it is to leaf through and study the drawings (from MANY sketchbooks over the course of three decades!) and take in the visual treats that are Gary Panter's paintings!
There are TWO whole volumes filled with Mr. Panter's delicious & sumptuous work presented within; including personal photos dating from his infancy to his college years and into his punk-rock era and beyond...you even get a glimpse at his teenage home studio he labelled: his 'hippie cave'...
I honestly cannot praise this book enough!
Ever since I saw this gigantic coffee table sized tome in the remainder section of a local 'chain store' and decided to pass on it; then regretted it almost immediately and tried to go back to purchase it (it was selling for $24, and was a $99 set of TWO coffee table sized books!) only to find that it had already been purchased! I have been pining away to get my hands on this King-Sized book ever since.
Finally, through Amazon: I was able to procure a pristine (and brand spanking NEW) copy from a seller here for a fraction of even the 'remainder book's' price. I knew I had to have it.
I have not regretted the purchase since.
The packaging is beautiful, covered back to front in eye-popping, psychedelic colored Gary Panter imagery (on the box which holds the two GINORMOUS books) and a little embossed sketch in the middle of the cover of each heavy canvas cover of the two tomes. The whole set is a sturdy and well made piece of art in and of itself.
It has Gary Panter designed end papers within, as well as looking as if it were personally designed by Mr. Panter himself and the binding is amazingly well made and hearty. I don't think it will fall-apart with even the heaviest handling?
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