Thrift Store Paintings Soft Cover
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Thrift Store Paintings, edited by Jim Shaw (Heavy Industry Publications, P.O. Box 85428, Hollywood, CA 90072; $24.95, paper). As nothing is more bizarre than the ordinary artifact closely observed, this full-color catalogue of 201 paintings by amateurs and hobbyists shoots to the top of the charts of estimably odd coffee-table art books. Conceived and designed by artist Jim Shaw and published by artist Ed Ruscha and Danna Ruscha, the riveting volume is all pictures, no text-save for the purely descriptive titles given to the paintings. "Indian Maidens Frolic in Bikinis," "Man and Woman Emerge From Egg in Seascape" and the ever-popular "Wolves Attacking Steer Carcass on Snowy Night" are among the subjects these vernacular artists felt they simply had to paint. These pictures were then snapped up by Shaw and other collectors at the salon des refuses of suburban American culture-the neighborhood thrift store. And you thought modern art was strange.
Christopher Knight-- Art Critic, Los Angeles Times