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Peter Blake's ABC [Hardcover]

Peter Blake
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25 Sep 2009
Pop artist Peter Blake has an eye for the quirky and the overlooked. Best known for the pivotal role he played in the development of British Pop Art, most famously the design of the "Beatles"' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album sleeve, Blake has never stopped working and exhibiting and successive generations of British artists have cited him as an influence. As well as being known as a painter, Blake is renowned for his works on paper and as a leading exponent of collage. He has designed sleeves for albums by generations of recording artists, from "The Who" to Paul Weller and "Oasis". This charming "ABC" is composed from the extensive collection of objects and ephemera he has gathered in his studio during his long career. "Peter Blake's ABC" displays the strong graphic sensibility and the love of popular culture for which the artist has long been renowned. This charming and collectible book will delight young and old alike.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854378163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854378163
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 17.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Blake is one of Britain's foremost living artists. He is a Royal Academician, was awarded a CBE in 1983 and a knighthood for his services to art in 2002. Retrospectives of his work have been held at Tate in 1983 and 2008.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR READERS OF ALL AGES 1 April 2010
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When noted British pop artist Peter Blake was asked to do an alphabet book he is quoted as saying he thought that all the pictures and objects could come from his private collection. How fortunate for us! Thus, we have PETER BLAKE'S ABC appealing to readers of every age.

The photography, credited to Marcus Leith and Andrew Dunkley, is stunning with each piece set against a neutral gray background causing objects to pop from the pages. The scope of Mr. Blake's interests is intriguing, whether one is studying "A is for apple," which is a large rosy and gold apple shape with what is obviously a removable top or "I is for ice," a taste tempting sherbet dish of colored ice topped by a cherry, a piece of orange and pineapple with a silver spoon at the ready.

Those familiar with this artist's work (remember the tattooed pig he painted for a 2008 public art exhibit in the English city of Bath or the album sleeve he designed for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?) know that Mr. Blake has a robust sense of humor, which is evident in his choices of objects to represent letters in the alphabet. "Y is for yacht," for instance, is a sail boat.

Youngsters will quickly learn their alphabet while adults will enjoy the eclectic pieces from the artist's private collection. Even the endpapers are a pleasure as they are details from Peter Blake's The Toy Shop (1962).

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Blake Book 12 Jan 2010
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Beautiful book bought for my nephew. nice to have a stylish twist on a children's book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for readers of every age 27 Mar 2010
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When noted British pop artist Peter Blake was asked to do an alphabet book he is quoted as saying he thought that all the pictures and objects could come from his private collection. How fortunate for us! Thus, we have PETER BLAKE'S ABC appealing to readers of every age.

The photography, credited to Marcus Leith and Andrew Dunkley, is stunning with each piece set against a neutral gray background causing objects to pop from the pages. The scope of Mr. Blake's interests is intriguing, whether one is studying "A is for apple," which is a large rosy and gold apple shape with what is obviously a removable top or "I is for ice," a taste tempting sherbet dish of colored ice topped by a cherry, a piece of orange and pineapple with a silver spoon at the ready.

Those familiar with this artist's work (remember the tattooed pig he painted for a 2008 public art exhibit in the English city of Bath or the album sleeve he designed for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?) know that Mr. Blake has a robust sense of humor, which is evident in his choices of objects to represent letters in the alphabet. "Y is for yacht," for instance, is a sail boat.

Youngsters will quickly learn their alphabet while adults will enjoy the eclectic pieces from the artist's private collection. Even the endpapers are a pleasure as they are details from Peter Blake's The Toy Shop (1962).

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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