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Art That Creeps Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Korero Books LLP; 1st edition (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955833671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955833670
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yasha Young is the Director of the Strychnin Gallery, Berlin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2010
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"The horror, the horror," cries Kurtz at the end of the Heart of Darkness. Horror exists all around, in political processes, human interactions and invading dreams. Art needs to reflect the horror of the repressed. The surrealists captured aspects of horror but without the form of beauty.

The fascination with this form of horror in "Art that Creeps" is its beauty. The seduction of being lured to destruction by a beautiful siren of the deep or the furnace. This book penetrates into the pop surrealist subculture, composed of the surreal end tale of the 60's dropped out and tuned in, punk, rockabilly and goth, a fusion of youth. Whilst the cults were mutually closed, the art movement magic mushrooming in its wake blurs the boundaries. These are a mixture of a new burgeoning generation and the older masters. All have imaginations on offer that create awe in the onlooker, to open up new vistas.

This book collates different styles from artists operating across Europe and the prairie lands of the USA and Canada to bring them together under a mutual banner. The plates are a collage of styles, Egon Schiele, Mark Ryden, Lora Earlie, Caravaggio, Bosch, Bruegel, Bacon and other "masters". The religious imagery in a secular 21stC, at least in Europe has been stripped, the deville remains as a reminder of no redemption. This book can be perceived as a reaction to the reality of christianity. It is no coincidence many devout Christians perceive the Exorcist as their greatest movie. However there is little solace for the happy clapping hordes (apologies to Quakers) in the magic of this offering.

The images have a beauty attached to their debasement of the still life. The signs of plenty and bounty are negated in the shadow. The gothique princesses extol an eerie beauty under threat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Bridgeman on 12 Dec. 2012
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As an introduction to the strange, dark and macabre world of 'lowbrow' and gothic art, this book is an excellent example. Gathered within these pages is a veritable cornucopia of some of the very best that this genre has to offer. Korero books have to be congratulated on publishing this volume in a world often dominated by more contemporary 'highbrow' artists.
In here we have the bleak & beautiful worlds and denizens of Annie Bertram's photgraphy, the sculpted, tattooed & minutely detailed dolls of Marina Bychkova, Nicoletta Ceccoli's dwellers in a weird, dreamlike toyland, the surreal landscapes and distorted figures of Naoto Hattori, Aunia Kahn's sinister and glamorous femme fatales, the sepia-toned nightmarishly haunting photography of John Santerineross, Natalie Shau's richly coloured dark fairytale characters and David Stoupakis' characters that should belong only in our strangest dreams . . . . !
There are a host of others worthy of mention too; Chet Zar, Leslie Ditto, Madeline von Foerster and Melissa Foreman to name a few more. This book really is worth every penny, and, as I said before, a fine intro to a world of art that needs to be appreciated more!
The book itself: Beautifully bound and printed; as much care has gone into this as has the selection of contents.
This will hopefully lead you to find more about the genre - it got me hooked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina L on 12 April 2010
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This is a fantastic book with well chosen and breathtaking pieces of art! Young has selected a perfect mixture of different artists and pics.
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By holly marie on 4 Mar. 2015
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Creepy, inspiring and beautiful!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Over View of New Dark Artists 27 Mar. 2011
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It's tough to do an overview of an Art Movement as it coalesces. Writing a book on Surrealism for example, is a No-Brainer. So Yasha Young, the editor of this book has her work cut out for her. The work is diverse in subject matter and technique. What unites it is a "Command to Look". No matter how disturbing the subject matter is, all of the artwork has a certain lush, almost Baroque texture that lures you in and makes you want to look and linger. "Baroque Noir" might be a better subtitle for the book than "Gothic Fantasies and the Macabre in Contemporary Art". The term "Gothic" has been overused and misused in the past decade so often that it's nearly useless. Unless a published merely wants to sell books to a legion of tattoed, leather clad teens. Which brings me to the controversial cover of this book. I like artist Chet Zar's paintings. But the way it's presented on the cover of this book, along with the Red "Gothic" text just screams; "ZOMBIES GEEKS, BUY THIS!". Not that I've got anything against Zombie geeks. But it's a crass marketing tool obviously dropped in by a Publisher to push books to people who don't really know about Art. Remove the cover, and you've got a tastefully bound black book, with the Red Gothic text on the Spine. In fact a glossy, ALL BLACK dust jacket on this book with the red text would have been both appealing, and tasteful.
Enough about the cover. Look Inside! The one thing ALL of these artists share is a serious commitment to their Art works and a desire to communicate/expunge some very curious views of the world. My favorites are Aunia Kahn's Dark, lush symbolic self portraits. She picks up the Gauntlet of fluctuating feminine identity that Cindy Sherman threw down 30 years ago. But while Sherman's photographs seem cold and distant, Kahn's invite the viewer into a dark, spooky, intimate little motel of pleasures and horrors.
Another favorite artist of mine is photographer Wayne Martin Belger. His constructed pinhole cameras are as much an Art work as the photographs he takes with them. The Steam Punk inflected cameras are all hard edged gloss, but the images he makes with them are surprisingly human, ephemeral and poignant. You probably won't like ALL of the Art in this book. But you can be assured to find some works here which will inspire and challenge your notions of Beauty. That's what thoughtful artists do.
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Great cover photo. 6 July 2013
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Some of the art is very detailed and great to look at. Although I felt so much of the photography was boring and some of the art was primitive and nothing special. Most of the art seemed to be hype and not really dark art. I was disappointed. Only 1-2 artist were really stand out!
Just what it says it is 13 April 2014
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A brief collection of art pieces which explore the macabre in many styles and tecniques. A great buy for anyone interested in the subject.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome book 29 Sept. 2011
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I couldn't wait for this book because it has some of my favorite artists and I'm totally pleased with it! Each peice of artwork has its own page and the colors are vivid and beautiful!!! My new favorite book!!! It is a great collection of artists that are great inspirations if you are in the art field. If you are into eerie yet beautiful art then this book is a great choice!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME! 30 Jan. 2010
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Just bought a copy of this book...I beg to differ...The cover art is AMAZING!!!...Not much art out there right now that "CREEPS" like Chet Zar's work, and I only purchased this book because HE IS IN IT!
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