Bruce McCall's Zany Afternoonsby Bruce McCall
This long-awaited re-publication of Bruce McCall's 1982 illustrated humor classic focuses new attention on this artist's unique workhalf slapstick, half surreal, and totally unique. (The book has been published in conjunction with the James Goodman Gallery Fall '99 exhibition in New York City.) The self-taught artist and illustrator, now in his '60s, is known for his meticulously painted gouaches that blend painstaking realism and wild fantasy, sometimes wandering into historical satire that the artist views as parodying nostalgia itself. Take for instance, the pre-Titanic-mania work R.M.S. Tyrannic, The Biggest Thing in All the World (1973), with the copy line, "The ship is so safe that she carries no insurance." Those who remember this quirky and delicious pastime called Zany Afternoons (and have had trouble finding the first edition) will relish its republication. Those who have never had the pleasure, will delight in discovering the zany world of Bruce McCall.
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Quite simply the funniest and coolest book ever drawn. A unique combination of intelligent yet absurd humor, not to mention incredible artwork. With stuff like this, either you get it or you don't, and if you get it you'll end up rolling on the floor in convulsive laughter.