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The Art of Fantasy
Icon is an appropriate title for a retrospective of Frank Frazetta's work, because his paintings and drawings truly are iconographic. When you conjure up an image of a raging barbarian wielding a two-handed sword, a slavering, bloody-fanged beast fro m the outer darkness, or a curvaceous, half-naked woman with gleaming breast-plates and a laser gun, chances are you've got a Frazetta in mind. His art is unparalleled in the genre, and this book is an extravagant banquet of his tastiest stuff. It's also a fascinating, extremely thorough exploration of his life and of the influence it has exerted over the course of more than 50 years in the world of fantastic art.
Though Frazetta is best known for his fantasy paintings, the most recognizable of which were done as covers for sword and sorcery or science fiction novels, the full body of his work includes a dazzling array of styles and mediums — from his early comic strip work, to commercial art for film and television, to portraiture, figure studies, and even religious art. Icon has it all on display, with hundreds of beautiful reproductions of the most representative pieces from each category of his oeuvr e. Well written, beautifully laid out, and wonderfully comprehensive, Icon is a great tribute to a unique artist. —Olli Chanoff, barnesandnoble.com