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Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights [Hardcover]

Antony Hegarty
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Book Description

11 Oct 2010

Antony of Antony and the Johnsons pres­ents his debut collection of visual art, thought-provoking dreamscapes composed of paintings, drawings, photogra­phy, collage, song lyrics, and writings. Often fragmentary images, these pieces capture liminal states and elements of the unconscious. Some images are reclaimed and reconfigured in order to transcend their previous form. The intersecting mediums inform each other and create an interesting dialogue with Antony’s music, his creative muse, and personal mythology.


Fans and collectors will relish this lavishly produced volume, which includes Antony’s newest full-length CD Swanlights, and reveals the creative process of one of the world’s most gifted artists.

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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Har/Com edition (11 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996809
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antony and the Johnsons were the recipient of England’s prestigious Mercury Prize. Antony’s visual art has been the subject of numerous exhibitions throughout Europe. He lives in New York City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but no Bjork 17 Oct 2010
By C. Boyd
Just a quick note that this book is a beautiful accompaniment to Antony's new album, but the Bjork track Fletta is strangely missing from the cd - unsure why as it says it includes the full-length album.
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Amazing album from Mr. Hegarty, packaged in the most lavish and lovingly produced hard-backed book. Even if you have this album already, grab this special edition while you can, you simply will not be disappointed!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the music... 20 Feb 2011
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...please don't give us anymore of your visual art!

I'm stunned by the other reviews of this book. (The music is wonderful and I've given the CD a 5 star review).

But the art book? Really, you people should get out to some more exhibitions. The presentation of the book is beautiful but unfortunately much of it's content is very poor. Antony's scrappy collages are really banal. If you told me a teenager did this for a school project I'd be more sympathetic. There is little here to link with the subject matter of the songs and if you look at each piece individually, and forget who created them, you will appreciate just how thin and prosaic they are.

Hung in a gallery most of these pieces would not hold my attention. The best moments are the photography; the dancer who appears in his stage shows in close up reveals the painted body that you can't appreciate fully when on the stage. There is also the cover of the single Epilepsy Is Dancing which looks great on a full page of the book - this is where I start to find some interest, with the pencilled crystal-like doodles overlaying the head. There is a similar photo of Antony with shadows across his face.

This book just seems a massive self indulgence. I think it would be much better to commission an artist or artists who have more orginality and skill. Scrappy collages and scrawled writing are exceptionally dull - and without the celebrity name would quite rightly be ignored.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, boring record 15 Nov 2010
By Dani C
I think Swanlights is not the best Antony's album. It's not bad, but there are no surprises and in fact it's so slow that you can feel a little bored. Anyway, the book edition is gorgeous. Not only it's an opportunity to know Antony's paintings and collages (abstract, interesting,...), but it looks perfect in your shelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars luxury design 10 Nov 2010
By Victor Preston VINE VOICE
over the top packaging for a 'pop' cd.
the book is beautiful and well constructed.
including a vellum dust jacket.
although the cd slides into a cardboard pocket.
which lets down the luxury design.
the music is dramatic and convincing.
the art tasteful and interesting.
this is well worth the asking price.
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