The book is an excellent overview of Rex Ray's career. The 4 stars is not on the content of the book but on the production of it. The description describes this book as hardcover. It is not. It's a paperback book with hard covers glued to the front and back. It makes the front and back too heavy for the binding.
If you are a fan of Rex Ray, then this is a book to have in your library. It is eye candy. There isn't a lot of text. However, there are pages and pages of his beautiful works to study. I am glad I purchased it.
Spellbinding? That's pretty highfalutin lingo for an art book. True, but it's spot on. There is SO much going on in Rex Ray's art that you'll find yourself pouring over it transfixed trying to figure out how he did it. You ask yourself how it's possible that he did all of that in collage. Really really really good stuff.
This is an excellent survey of this artist's career to date, with a post-pop-art sensibility that has a wide appeal to many age groups. This volume has very fine color reproduction showing the cut-paper pieces with great clarity. A fun book even for the casual art appreciator, lots of very creative visual stimulation.