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The Art of Pin-Up

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Magnificent clothbound edition with ribbon bookmark and bespoke cardboard box with carry handle

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International interest in this distinctly American art form has increased exponentially over recent years and paintings by leading artists such as Alberto Vargas, George Petty, and Gil Elvgren that sold for $2,000 in 1996 are going for $200,000 and more today.

Pin-up — drawings, paintings, and pastels of an idealized female face and figure intended for public display — was produced between 1920 and 1970 for use on calendars, magazine covers, and centerfolds. The majority of original paintings were discarded by publishers and calendar companies after printing, making the surviving art that much more precious. Today its popularity is huge, and ripe for this equally huge and truly comprehensive Collector's Edition.

Formidably sized, The Art of Pin-up is an impressive book that will be coveted by casual fans as well as hardcore pin-up collectors. The top 10 artists are profiled in depth. Each chapter opens with a tipped-in reproduction of an original calendar or magazine cover by that artist. The reproduction quality of the paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches that follow — largely sourced from the original art — invites the viewer to trace the brushstrokes, while the exquisite period calendars, vintage prints, and original model photos document the artists' creative process. Much of these ephemera were photographed on-site at the historic Brown & Bigelow Company, home to the world's largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars.

In addition to the chapters on the 10 featured artists, the book includes thumbnail bios and representative art of 85 additional artists, the most complete compendium of pin-up artists ever compiled. All this adds up to a hard-to-beat book on this popular subject.

The editor, Dian Hanson, produced a variety of men's magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN's Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Psychedelic Sex, and Ren Hang.

Sarahjane Blum is an author, cultural historian, and co-owner of Grapefruit Moon Gallery, which specializes in original American illustration art. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Louis Meisel is owner of one of the oldest pin-up and illustration art galleries in New York. He is the co-author of TASCHEN's The Great American Pin-up and Gil Elvgren: All his Glamorous American Pin-ups.

Hardcover, clothbound with jacket, ribbon bookmark, in custom cardboard box with handle. Multilingual Edition: English, French, German.

Authors: Dian Hanson, Louis K Meisel, Sarahjane Blum
Artists: Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren, Rolf Armstrong, George Petty, et al
Publisher: Taschen, 2014
Number of pages: 546
Format: Hard Cover with Dust Wrapper; Full Colour illustrations
Size: 11" x 16" (290mm x 395mm)
ISBN: 9783836535700

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