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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp,U.S. (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867194189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867194180
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,919,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The art of Robert Williams: Esthetician of the Preposterous.

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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2011
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Guess reading is more of an art form for some folks, a bit like having an attention span of less than ten seconds before the mind starts a wandering and suddenly left thinking; "What was I doing ten seconds ago, darn it?"

Contains a potted history detailing the life of the artist; a collected pictorial of his later work in full brazen colour. These plates are harder, deeper, faster, and more visceral than his earlier tableau's. Robert is one artist who has not mellowed with maturity, as his incisive vision shifts from x ray to meta ray.

A prior flirtation with previous meaninglessness has become segued to a greater focus on the meanness within an exercise of brute power. I would not imagine any board room anywhere nailing up his paintings in the corporate lobby to soothe the moderne monobrow. As a depiction of the inner workings they are just too near the cartilage thereby searing the gristle of the bland pale rolexed hands, flitting within the shadows of the exec.

Instead we have a distended prize fighters knuckle hitting home after being stamped on by a gang of Satans Rat's binging on Methadrine. The result is a series of brutal imprints.

The world Robert Williams inhabits shifts up a gear, as he skids around in his jalopy hot rod. This whizzes its V12 petrol sucker into a rear wheel buckle; it's aim is to let fly at the lies people tell themselves with a double exhausted blast, playing to a carburetor roar.

The cartoons at the whip end, pull out a concealed stiletto and with a deft thrust, puncture the grand aorta of social pretense, to withdraw quickly. An act of love, pumping in red silent spurts. A gushing tribute to the man who gave back an artistic sensibility to the US of A.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Stringer on 19 Nov. 2008
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Not bad but most works are monochrome and only a few pages do his work justice.
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Not for timid reders, or anyone who minds being offended. 6 Mar. 2012
By David R. Ingham - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems to me that a rule that all sensors should go by is that the mere fact that a work offends someone is sufficient evidence that it has artistic value. By that test, Williams shines. No one, even the authors, could ever read this short book without being offended. But as Robert Crumb said about his own work "It's is in the culture. It had to be drawn." The most frequent offensive things are violence, death and objectifying women.
The text and photographs explain what cultures it comes from, how he learned to do it and who it was done for.
Though this is nominally a paper back, because the cover is soft, it on large (a bit under 8 1/2" x 11"), thick white paper and has a sewn binding like a hard cover. It has 18 pages, including the covers, of good reproductions of oil paintings and a lot of black and white cartoons and drawings. I like even the cartoons I already have in comix, because the printing is better.
Printing still does not fully reproduce oil painting, so I would like to see some of these in a museum some day.
Very Insightful into the world of Robert Williams 26 Dec. 2013
By Kelly Lindbeck - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife got me this book for my birthday and I was riveted to it for days. Along with the 'eye-popping' artistry that Robert Williams is renown for, it was also great to read about Robert's history, influences and though process. I had known about Robert's work long before Guns 'N' Roses Appetite For Destruction album cover showcasing his work.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good source of Robert Williams art and biography. 26 Mar. 2008
By D. Beach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like Robert Williams art. This book catalogs alot of it. The biography is also an interesting read.

I fully recommend this book and am glad it is in my collection.
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