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Wayne White: Maybe Now I'll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve Hardcover – June 1, 2009

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"Residing now in Los Angeles, the Chattanooga-born painter has amassed a wild body of work, from set and puppet designs for 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' to production design for Peter Gabriel's 'Big Time' video, to the mesmerizing phrase-in-landscapes, and to more abstract works. Nearly all of it has been packed into this heavy, satisfying, exhausting book, which, by all accounts, is being very well received (by both art and book lovers)." —Oxford American

 

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Todd Oldham is one of the most beloved and mediagenic designers working today. Originally a couture fashion designer with several stores in New York, and a commentator on MTV's House of Style, Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from film and photography to furniture and graphic art. Todd appears frequently as a consultant on NBC's Today, as well as on MTV's enormously popular Crib Crashers, for which Todd redesigns teenagers' homes in the likeness of their favorite stars' abode. Oldham designs his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target in addition to a line of furniture for La-Z-Boy, and he is currently developing a television series based on Handmade Modern. Most recently, he has become a contributing editor to ReadyMade magazine. He lives in New York City.


Artist Wayne White grew up in Tennessee and his nostalgia for his youth and Southern heritage is addressed in the rustic landscapes that he fills with monumental sized text.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429112
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michele Romero on June 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
You might know Wayne's work from Pee Wee's Playhouse and if you are a fan of that great show you will be immediately smitten by and sucked into Wayne White's world. (White also created the great Peter Gabriel video for "Big Time" and sets for The Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight"). The book is a retrospective that includes puppet sketches of Randy, Ptery, Conky, etc while these puppet forms were still being worked out and chronicles the artist's evolution--one that is both whimsical and somehow completely cerebral. In other words, Wayne is a fine artist--he has painterly chops and a great sense of humor f which is demonstrated by his current work--phrases painted over found paintings. The magic here is that by adding words and fitting them onto the readymade canvas he alters the scene and lends noise to a flat surface. Wayne's skill with a brush is evident by his attention to fitting these jumbo sentences into the landscapes (there are shadows from overhanging trees, etc) it's like he built these giant 3-D letters and drove them out to a field where he propped them up and left them to linger. The scale forces the viewer to stop and rubberneck and there is also a complete and total joy in trying to figure out what it all means. Therefore, this book ends up being a joyful page turner and one that I would save in a fire. The first time I saw this book, I had to sit down and look through the whole thing.

Todd Oldham does a beautiful job curating Wayne's art and the interview between the two men is an art nerd fest. I'm grateful to Todd for touting work that he loves (see his Charley Harper book) and wish the man had his own gallery or a TV show where he talked about art Sister Wendy style.

A beautiful book and one that will live forever on my shelves.
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I recently saw Wayne White's current show (through 7/25/09) at the Mireille Mosler Gallery in Manhattan. Mostly recent paintings interspersed with sculptures, the show is dazzling, hilarious, and unfathomable. In Wayne's case, that means DEEP.

Wayne's newest paintings use cryptic backgrounds -- either laid down by him, or, more often, done on thrift-store oils by anonymous artists -- through which even more cryptic words and phrases snake and hover. The words are far more painterly and better executed than their settings, making them seem hyperreal, and at the same time gnomic, as they explode out of clichéd landscapes. There's something happening in these paintings but I don't know what it is... do I, Mr. White? And that adds to their fascination.

In an uncommonly excellent feat of art book publishing, "Maybe Now..." presents Wayne's pieces with all of the impact they have in person. It's just a beautifully produced volume. I haven't read the interviews (just sneaked a peek at the display copies at the gallery!), but the art looks sensational.

This is definitely your next coffee table book. And if you don't HAVE a coffee table, the low low Amazon price will give you a great start on paying for that Ikea Glürmmnf.

Can't do 3D block letters here, so just imagine them: HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Sometimes, growing up weird in the 1960s southern USA (which was still like the 50s, as he points out) can only propel a young creative mind to venture further out within their imagination. I know it to be true, and apparently, so does Wayne. I'm glad he had the confidence to move away when he did - so many of us haven't, yet.

This book covers a lot of his early comics and drawings that at times outdo his more popular text work, in my opinion, but it's all good. Incredible, really. I am compelled to say YES to everything I see in the book. The interviews with him are funny, insightful and loving. He's just a great guy. And I admire any man who lauds his wife (the beautiful and talented Mimi Pond) with the credit she deserves as his partner in life.

GET THIS BOOK. IT'S FABULOUS. I believe WW is one of America's most exhilarating artists right now - a brilliant artist with a brilliantly designed simpatico book.
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Sometimes, growing up weird in the 1960s southern USA (which was still like the 50s, as he points out) can only propel a young creative mind to venture further out within their imagination. I know it to be true, and apparently, so does Wayne. I'm glad he had the confidence to move away when he did - so many of us haven't, yet.

This book covers a lot of his early comics and drawings that at times outdo his more popular text work, in my opinion, but it's all good. Incredible, really. I am compelled to say YES to everything I see in the book. The interviews with him are funny, insightful and loving. He's just a great guy. And I admire any man who lauds his wife (the beautiful and talented Mimi Pond) with the credit she deserves as his partner in life.

GET THIS BOOK. IT'S FABULOUS. I believe WW is one of America's most exhilarating artists right now - a brilliant artist with a lusciously designed coordinated book.
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I've had this book on my Wish List for some time and it's well worth the wait. It's about an inch thick and seem sot contain every drawing and painting Wayne White created from the beginning of his career though the book going to press. It's great to flip though in moments of down time and will be on my coffee table for a long time coming. I shorted it for a star for being so expensive, but good things in limited quantity do demand higher prices.
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