By Eric A. Eliason,Scott Squire
Jesus, matadors, panthers, bandits, Indians, motion picture stars, waifs, and, in fact, Elvis are well-known icons of the oft-despised, uber-kitsch paintings kind of black velvet portray. In Black Velvet Art writer Eric A. Eliason and photographer Scott Squire current a complete evaluation of this covertly-loved and overtly-reviled tradition.
In cooperation with a community of artists, creditors, importers, and gallery vendors in Tijuana, l. a., Seattle, and Calgary, this e-book attracts from the most important survey of velvet portray ever undertaken. The booklet lines velvet's old improvement as a folks paintings formed by means of either indigenous traditions in addition to Western patron expectancies in such markets because the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and especially the U.S./Mexico border and the black velvet capital of Tijuana. In black velvet, category and flavor problem artwork as a shopper phenomenon, democratic spirit faces down elitism, copy questions originality, and sexuality seduces and provokes religiosity.
What is most important approximately black velvet paintings to many americans is its signaling of the nadir of undesirable flavor. Black velvet is the "anti-art" in lots of methods. Eliason seeks to discover how and why black velvet serves this functionality and to check methods it merits a sparkling redemption.
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