Book examines Lowbrow or Pop Surreal art movement

‘The Lives of Lowbrow Artists’ is an eBook available on Amazon / Kindle for $9.99. The print edition will be available in December. Image courtesy of Amazon.

LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) – Most Americans have seen Lowbrow Art without having even heard of it. Sometimes called the “Pop Surreal” art movement, the images and influence of Lowbrow art are widespread, appearing on album covers, in comics and galleries across the U.S. and around the world. But not much is known about the origin of the movement, or the stories behind the artist themselves. Lives of the Lowbrow Artists seeks to shed some light on the origin story of Lowbrow Art, starting with the artists who created the work. This first volume profiles: Shag, Tim Biskup, Miles Thompson, Derek Yaniger, and Brandi Milne.

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New reference documents history of Rookwood

Rookwood — The Rediscovery and Revival of an American Icon, by Bob Batchelor, will be available for purchase on September 15, 2020

BEVERLY, Mass. – Published to coincide with Rookwood Pottery’s 140th anniversary, a beautiful new reference book titled Rookwood — The Rediscovery and Revival of an American Icon, by Bob Batchelor, will be available for purchase on September 15 (Rockport Publishers / US $45/Ca). The fully illustrated volume tells the story of a great American art pottery company that was founded and run by women.

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Book containing writings of artist Sam Francis out Oct. 31

Left: Sam Francis, Untitled, 1982, acrylic on paper. Right: Sam Francis journal page reproduced within ‘Cobalt Blue.’ Images © 2019 Sam Francis Foundation, California/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

GLENDALE, Calif. – The book Cobalt Blue: Writings from the papers of Sam Francis will be released Oct. 31, according to the Sam Francis Foundation. A launch for the book with readings and discussion will be held at the Artbook store at the Hauser & Wirth complex in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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In new memoir Snowden tells life story and why he leaked info

Permanent Record is a book by Edward Snowden scheduled to be published on September 17, 2019. Image courtesy of Metropolitan Books

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time.

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Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 on sale now

The main cover of ‘The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide’ #49 was provided by DC Comics writer and artist Tony Daniel (Batman, Detective Comics) and features some of Batman’s most notorious villains. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing

TIMONIUM, Md. – The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 from Gemstone Publishing made its debut in comic shops across North America and in specialty shops around the world on July 17. It will reach traditional bookstores and online booksellers in less than two weeks.

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Art world meets plastic surgery in novel by Frank Strausser

‘Plastric,’ a novel by Frank Strausser. Image courtesy of Rare Bird Books

NEW YORK – The debut novel Plastic by playwright/author Frank Stausser, who gained much acclaim during the successful three-month run of his stage comedy Physcho Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, brings together various high-level players in the art world with the high-profile Beverly Hills plastic surgery culture in this edgy tale of psychological suspense that explores the ephemeral and diabolical world inside Hollywood as “the Capital of Good Looks.”

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