- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions (22 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861541945
- ISBN-13: 978-1861541949
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.9 x 31.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just Above The Mantelpiece: Mass-Market Masterpieces Hardcover – 22 Nov 2002
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Celebragtes the mass-produced art that began to decorate thousands of homes from the late 1950s. Now highly collectable, this art has found new acclaim in the world of fashion, fine art and photography.
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Despite the fact that these paintings were very popular with the working class as far as I can see very few of the artists are particularly good. Being popular does not equate with professionalism for this market segment. None of them seem to have the draughtsmanship of, for example, Norman Rockwell or Charles Wysocki. These pop art reproductions probably sold in their millions because they displayed the right sort of sentimental image and were pre-framed and cheap, obviously the perfect buy.
The book is a pop art production itself I thought. Many of the pages use eighties wallpaper as a background for the text and paintings and someone had the bright idea of tipping in several of the paintings as removal prints (though I wonder how many book owners removed them?) so you'll be able to have your own gallery above the mantelpiece.