Monday, April 28, 2008
The most fun you're likely to ever have with an art book: John Lurie: A Fine Example of Art collects over 80 of John Lurie's recent paintings - from the cartoonish to the painterly - in oversized hardcover form. They're nicely reproduced - the book looks lovely - and, though it's hardly an aesthetic consideration, is a damn good deal; with my iRewards card at Chapters, I paid less than $50 for it, after taxes! (At this juncture, you have to order it in, but it only takes about a week). See more of John's art here, and look for my interview with him, dealing with his illness, his art, his frustrations with the art world, and, yes, online poker, in the current issue of subTerrain (which also bosts a Lurie painting on the cover). By the way, the title of the piece on the front of the book is "First You Blow Us, Then We'll Let You Go."