Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
by Paul Gorman
# Hardcover: 208 pages
# Publisher: ADELITA LTD , Dec. '08
I've been leafing through a copy of this for the last few days . It's a sumptuous affair , beautifully printed , a real tribute to a artistic genius. Words really cannot do it justice - just get it and wallow in it.
A minor quibble would be that the text isn't concurrent with images. We get all the backround story to the Armed Forces sleeve on P.137 but the illustrations don't appear until Pp. 148 -153. Once , however, you get used to that it's alright. That's six pages of slightly larger than A4 pages of reproductions for just one album - the book really is that detailed.
New - to me- details about the Armed Forces sleeve is that the main cover image, the elephants etc, are painted by Tom Pogson. Other images in the package are by the 'French design collective Bazooka' , ' led by artists Christain Chapiron and Jean-Louis Dupre ( who worked under the pseudonyms Loulou and Kiki Picasso'. Additionally ' one of the animal prints derives from a pair of Bubbles' assistant Diana Fawcett's knickers'.
And so on. Definitely a book worth getting - short of the original sleeves it's the only way to see these images properly .
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