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This beautiful large-format title is the definitive monograph of artist Charley Harper's six-decade career. Renowned New York–based designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley's work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him, combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning release.

Charley Harper is an American original who created his art from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, until his death in 2007 at the age of ...
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Overview

This beautiful large-format title is the definitive monograph of artist Charley Harper's six-decade career. Renowned New York–based designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley's work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him, combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning release.

Charley Harper is an American original who created his art from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, until his death in 2007 at the age of 84. He is beloved for his delightful, graphic, and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects, and people alike. Charley liked to say that when he painted a bird, he didn't count all the feathers in the wings -- he just counted the wings. Minimal realism, he called it, and his unique and precise style continues to resonate and inspire his admirers.

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life showcases his illustrations that appeared from 1950-75 in the Ford Times magazines, as well as in books such as the beloved The Giant Golden Book of Biology (1961), Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two (1961), and The Animal Kingdom (1968), among many others. His well-loved book Birds and Words, first published in 1974, is considered a classic. Remarkably, however, Charley's work has never before been published in one complete retrospective. Accordingly, this massive volume is the definitive Charley Harper book to have on your bookshelf!
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"This gorgeously reproduced overview of the work of American modernist Charley Harper is a labor of love from Todd Oldham. ... Oldham's tribute to his hero (who died in 2007, at age 84) floats on the wings of these beautiful creatures and Harper's expressive, one-of-a-kind talent." —NPR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934429372
  • Publisher: Ammo Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Edition description: Shrinkwrapped Edition
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Distinguished as an innovator of accessible design, Todd Oldham is the founder of Todd Oldham Studio, a full-service design firm. Originally a New York fashion designer and host on MTV's “House of Style,” Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design—from interior design, film, and photography to furniture, graphic art, and product design. Todd is also the author of several books, including “Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life,” “Wayne White,” “Kid Made Modern,” “Hand Made Modern,” and "Joan Jett."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    An American Classic, Sadly Printed and Bound Overseas But Priced As If Made in America

    I was reacquainted with the work of Charley Harper a while back from a piece about him on CBS Sunday Morning. I instantly reconnected to his work as I did as a grade school boy, only now through more mature eyes could I also see the work of an artist, not just an illustrator. I was thrilled to find this collection of his work in Barnes and Noble and felt I had to have it to stroll down memory lane to recreate the joy that went along with learning as a child and recognize how important and special Harper's vivid imagery was to that process. It did sadden me to learn later that this wonderful collection was not made in the USA. The book does a good job of burying this fact in the last pages in small print. It is not that the quality of the work done in China is poor, it is actually quite good. It is ironic, though, that it is probably the first time Mr. Harper's images were ever printed overseas, fortunately not in his lifetime. My joy to own this book was diminished by this betrayal, which I will point out to those (adults) that I want to share this book with or whovever picks it up. Judging by the price encoded on the book, it is certainly priced as if it were made in America. I will look more closely before purchasing another Ammo Book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    Charley Harper's art makes you happy!

    Harper's art is beautiful and imaginative. His use of colors on the creatures he draws is very striking. The creatures tend to be both whimisical and realistic, sometimes both, sometimes not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    Beautiful Book !

    Comprehensive, beautiful collection of the artist's life work. Well-written essay by Todd Oldham. Truly a delight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Eye of the Beholden

    If you are searching for a book that is beautiful, thought provoking, and perception altering, as well as something to keep out for your family and friends to enjoy, Charley Harper's genius is ripe for display in your house. Every page is a revelation, exquisite and simple, detailed and sometimes childlike, colorful and inviting. I have never seen an illustrator with such a marked geometric eye for nature, and possessing the ability to reduce nature to the simplest base lines, shapes, and colors. Harper should be much better known and this book may help boost his reputation. This is a truly wonderful book, brimming with life and genius.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    charley harper book is fantastic

    absolutely gorgeous book. a must for charley harper fans...

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