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Mark Ryden: The Tree Show
By Nigel Wingrove


Absorbing Roman poet Ovid's tales of transformation in Metamorphoses and adding his own dash of art-historical figuration and contemporary pop culture, Mark Ryden broaches new terrain with The Tree Show. Arcadian Gothic" might hint at the nature of this new work, and fans of Ryden will find familiar preoccupations in these new paintings, drawings and sculptures--made since his first solo show in 1998--transposed to new pastures. Never reluctant to freight his work with layers of reference that range from Renaissance landscape and Neoclassical portrait painting to occultism and literature, in his latest works Ryden combines the arcane with pop-cultural images as ground from which to make his carefully executed leaps into fantasy. Ryden's series includes depictions of oak trees consuming children, floating tree stumps with "seeing" eyes, imaginary wood nymphs and mythological characters who personify Nature herself. Ryden paints his characters with a masterful, porcelain glow reminiscent of Ingres and renders his trees with a care that evokes Audubon's botanical illustration. Several of his paintings are presented in elaborately carved frames that project their narratives beyond the canvas. The Tree Show offers reproductions of these paintings and sculptures alongside the fruits of Ryden's research on the tree as myth--drawing from the Buddha's Bodhi Tree to Adam and Eve, the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah and matters of ecological science. As such, this volume constitutes an enticing dossier on Ryden's encyclopedic exploration of the subject and reproduces in its entirety this series centered around the arboreal world.
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Blood & Dishonour:
The Dark, Bloody and Perversely Erotic World of the Satanic Sluts
By Nigel Wingrove


Stunning Unique Women Laid Bare in Words and Pictures The Satanic Sluts are 666 of the world's most attitudinal, creative and original women, who are linked by a shared interest in all things dark, sexual and Satanic, and by their membership of this exclusive group. Now, for the first time ever, 48 members of this gorgeous, exclusive and elite legion are presented in all their glory - raw, uncut, uncensored, sometimes bloody, sometimes bound, but never bowed. Here, in a series of striking photographic portraits and personal statements, elite members of the Satanic Sluts display their sexual fantasies, Satanic lusts and twisted ideologies to the wider public for the first time. Blood & Dishonour presents a series of amazing images and gorgeous layouts that will grant the reader privileged witness to the perverse machinations of Satanic Sluts members like Dominick Destruction, Violet Eyes, Poisoned Venus, Assisted Suicide, Dischordia, Sadistik Virgin, Morrigan Hel, Gothness, Gashley Darcane and their sisters-in-arms, who have bared their all for the first time in this unique publication.
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Mutter Museum Historic Medical Photographs
By College of Physicians of Philadelphia


The first book on the Mütter Museum contain artful images of the museum's fascinating exhibits shot by contemporary fine art photographers. Here, the focus is on the museum’s archive of rare historic photographs, most of which have never been seen by the public. Featured are poignant, aesthetically accomplished works ranging from Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, to the ravages of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century, to pathological anomalies, to psychological disorders. Many were taken by talented photographers between the 1860s and the 1940s as records for physicians to share among colleagues and to track patients’ conditions, and demonstrate various techniques used in medical photography including the daguerreotype, micrography, X ray, and traditional portrait-style photography. As visual documents of what humans endured in the face of limited medical knowledge, these extraordinary and haunting photographs demonstrate how far medicine has advanced.
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Infernal Device: Machinery of Torture and Execution
By Erik C. Ruhling


Erik Ruhling assembles an unmatched array of torture tools invented exclusively for the infliction of pain and the ending of life, each carefully researched with an accompanying full-color, highly detailed rendering. This beautifully presented book features classics like the Iron Maiden and the Guillotine, as well as more rarified connoisseur's fare such as the Scavenger's Daughter and the Ear Chopper. And if the Tongue Tearer is not to your taste, there's always the Breast Ripper or the Drunkard's Cloak.
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Art That Kills:
A Panoramic Portrait of Aesthetic Terrorism 1984-2001
Edited by George Petros


Art That Kills examines the point where art meets crime. The book documents a diabolical era, 1984-2001. It chronicles the evolution of a new aesthetic movement, a terrifying fringe of Underground Art where enlightenment and depravity combined. Murder, rape, torture, pedophilia, cannibalism, drugs, sedition, racism and blasphemy mixed with literature, history, politics, news, movies, TV, punk rock, philosophy and science. The book profiles a pantheon of dissidents and deviants, presents excerpts from their work, re-lives their crimes, and attempts to analyze an elusive era. The scene described herein is essentially the "second generation" of American Underground Art (the "first generation" ran from '66 through the 70s). All varieties of taboos and criminal advocacy found confluence, beyond "confrontation" or "shock." Pure sadism drove it. Sexual psychosis flavored it. Frustration with politics, big business and mass entertainment fueled it. The artists, from a cross-section of American life, ranged from the abused to the enlightened, from successes to also-rans. Some basked in the limelight; some barely acknowledged their creativity. They all wanted to hurt others in profound ways. Some have succeeded; one presides over an aesthetic empire, one is the world's biggest rock star, one sits on Death Row, one is a transsexual, others languish in prison. Some are dead. Prosecution, censorship and banishment hounded them all, regardless of rank. Including: JOHN AES-NIHIL GG ALLIN FRED BERGER NICK BOUGAS SHANE BUGBEE JOE COLEMAN DEATH IN JUNE MIKE DIANA PETER H GILMORE JIM GOAD JONATHAN HAYNES STEPHEN KASNER RICHARD KERN ANTON LAVEY STANTON LAVEY SONDRA LONDON LYDIA LUNCH MARILYN MANSON JAMES MASON MICHAEL MOYNIHAN ADAM PARFREY GENESIS P-ORRIDGE SHAUN PARTRIDGE BOYD RICE JOHATHAN SHAW PETER SOTOS ROBERT N TAYLOR JG THIRLWELL and many other iconoclastic artists, publishers, magazines and movements.
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A Lifetime of Secrets:
A PostSecret Book
Edited by Frank Warren


The award-winning PostSecret project's most profound and stunning postcards to date. For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds and nationalities to send him creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. He has shared these PostSecrets on his award-winning blog, www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in three electrifying books. Now, in his most extraordinary book yet, Warren again delves into our collective confessions, presenting a never-before-seen selection of provocative and moving PostSecrets. A Lifetime of Secrets lays bare our private fears, hopes, regrets, and desires, from people as young as eight and as old as eighty. From painful admissions of infidelity to breathtaking revelations and endearing sentiments, Warren's latest collection will shock and move readers of every age, revealing secrets that have haunted their creators for a lifetime.
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The Secret Lives of Men and Women:
A PostSecret Book
By Frank Warren


Postsecret.com founder Frank Warren is back with an irresistible addition to his bestselling PostSecret series. For The Secret Lives of Men and Women, Warren has selected a never-before-seen collection of postcards bearing the explosive confessions and captivating revelations of men and women everywhere. Created using photographs, collages, illustrations, and more, the handmade cards offer a compelling dialogue on some of today’s most provocative topics—from marriage and infidelity, to parenting, office politics, repressed fantasies, and even abortion—daring us to consider how well we really know our friends, family, even ourselves.
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My Secret: A PostSecret Book
By Frank Warren


Postsecret.com founder Frank Warren is back with a fresh and compelling companion to his wildly popular Los Angeles Times bestseller, PostSecret. For My Secret, a collectible, paper-over-board book that includes a page of vibrant, decorative stickers, Warren has personally selected never-before-seen anonymous postcards created by teens and college students from across the country. Each card bears an intimate and powerful secret—at turns inspirational, shocking, hilarious, and poetic—that is told through original illustrations, photographs, collages, and other creative means. A unique and important book that will appeal to both young adults and their parents, My Secret offers a raw and revealing glimpse into the real lives of today's teens and twentysomethings. Choosing their own handmade postcards over email or text messages, teens and college students express their hopes, fears, and wildest confessions in a way that truly represents their diverse personalities and voices.
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Visions from Within the Mechanism:
The Industrial Surrealism of Jeffery Scott


Is this the work of a visual genius or a visionary madman? Or both? Jeffery Scott is a photographic liar. The stunning and hyper-realistic photography presented here is not captured in real time, but through a laborious process of manipulation. Each picture represents an average of fifty hours of meticulous work in which elements are assembled from dozens of images to construct the combined whole. Mr. Scott conjures amazing characters, environments and situations that thoroughly blur the line between the real and the imagined. Layer upon layer of information reveals in-depth philosophies, concepts and stories. Thought-provoking titles communicate ideas between artist and viewer. This is a stunning introduction to deep emotive and contemplative realms.
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Stephen Kasner:
Works 1993-2006


Stephen Kasner: WORKS 1993-2006 is an extensive compendium of the paintings, drawings, photographs and prints of a contemporary artist who’s symbols translate into a stellar vocabulary depicting strife of the human animal against the austerity of nature. Covering thirteen years of artistic development and exploration, Stephen Kasner: WORKS offers a comprehensive collection of Kasner’s organic depictions of figures and animals, birds and flowers, landscapes and interiors, co-mingling in bursts of self-discovery. Dreamlike and vast, these vistas interpret human emotion and psychological struggle in tandem with the harshness of nature and how combinations of delights and disasters affect our personalities, striving toward relief and a yearning for euphoria. Working primarily in oil on canvas and paper, the works compiled in this thirteen year retrospective cover Kasner’s sketches, studies, figurative works, full-scale works, photography and printmaking, the latter of which lies predominantly unexhibited and unpublished to date. Stephen Kasner: WORKS is a comprehensive look at the paintings and images of ethereal works in flux, ever pulsating and growing. Included are texts and quotes by a stunning array of individuals, both at the forefront and underbelly of literary and art worlds. The book also chronicles Kasner’s extensive group of music-related art, having collaborated with numerous bands worldwide, interpreting their sounds into images.
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Beasts!
By Jacob Covey


A bestiary of the ages by a cavalcade of popular artists. Beasts! is a classic mythological menagerie, comprised only of creatures that were thought at one time to actually exist, depicted by about a hundred of the most acclaimed artists and cartoonists coming from the most avant-garde ambits of the art world. The Beasts project has fired the imaginations of luminaries such as Craig Thompson, Souther Salazar, Jeff Soto, Glenn Barr, Dave Cooper, Tim Biskup, Seonna Hong, Jeremy Fish and Jay Ryan, who will present never-before-seen art completely original to this book, superbly laid out in breathtaking, full-color two-page spreads. Beasts! collects many of the best visual artists from the worlds of comics, skateboarding, rock graphics, science-fiction, children's books, commercial and fine art. The book is conceived and designed by Jacob Covey, lead art director for Fantagraphics (Dennis the Menace, Billy Hazelnuts, Hanging Out With the Dream King, etc.) and a well-regarded designer and artist in his own right in the Northwest rock and arts community. Other contributors include: Anders Nilsen, Art Chantry, Brian Chippendale, Brian Ralph, Bwana Spoons, Colleen Coover, Jason Miles, Jesse LeDoux, Johnny Ryan, Jordan Crane, Keith Shore, Kevin Scalzo, Marc Bell, Martin Cendreda, Mat Brinkman, R. Kikuo Johnson, Richard Sala, Sammy Harkham, Stan Sakai, S. Britt, Steven Weissman, Ted Jouflas, Tom Gauld and many more!
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Jan Saudek:
Retrospective


The theater of sensual dreams... The Czech Republic has long been a land of mystery and magic, home to alchemists, artists, and the original bohemians, all of them weavers of spells, creators of fantastic worlds of the imagination. Internationally famous Czech photographer Jan Saudek is no exception, and equally as uncompromising in pursuit of his own unique vision. For over four decades Saudek has created a parallel photographic universe, a two-dimensional home full of longing, peopled with the most extraordinary characters and colored by desire. The timeless strength of his hand-tinted photographs lies in their poetic compositions and their forceful—at times ribald—pictorial language, with its overtones of medieval genre pictures and Baroque mythology. Rejecting the traditional beauty in his famous nude photographs, Saudek shows the distinctively different: old women, fat women, children; real people in tableaux vivants that remind us of everything from surreal early movies to fin-de-siecle carnival nights. They exist outside time, a uniquely colored and almost mythical theater of dreams. Covering his debut in the 1950s through his lesser-known work to recent images, this dazzling collection offers us the true "velvet revolution," fertile and unsettling images from the dreams we might still have.
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Lucha Noir
By Rafael Navarro, Keith Rainville


The first art book from the publishers of "From Parts Unknown" magazine. Collects ten years of lucha libre and masked wrestler artwork by Xeric Award-winning artist Rafael Navarro, creator of "Sonambulo." Navarro's work, inspired by 60's and 70's Marvel comics, classic pulps, and film noir, is a unique take on the Mexican masked wrestler idiom. A decade of commissioned illustrations have been re-scanned and are run full-size, un-cropped and clean of logos and other distractions for the first time anywhere. This includes spreads for "From Parts Unknown" magazine, The Christa Faust lucha-pulp "Hoodtown" and poster art for LA renowned "Lucha VaVOOM" performance group. "Lucha Noir" also includes never-before-seen ringside sketches of wrestlers in action, costume studies and rough drafts of published work, and lost pages of "Sonambulo" comic book work. Throughout the book is 'commentary' notes by both artist and publisher, discussing what's right about the pieces, what went wrong with previous drafts, what was rejected and why, and more insight into the creative process from two creative types who have championed lucha libre art in the U.S. since before it was cool and on the Hollywood radar.
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American Gothic:
The Art of Carlos Batts
By Carlos Batts, John Gilmore


Madness and genius collide in American Gothic, photographer-filmmaker-artist Carlos Batt's answer to Grant Wood's famous 1930 portrait of the same name: that granite-faced, pitchfork-totin' embodiment of what this country was three-quarters of a century ago. America in 2005 is a very different matter. Fuse Romare Bearden with Man Ray, and you might come close to Batts' vivisection of America's diseased soul. In 128 pages of experimental photography and mixed-media, Batts tortures the negative itself to bring forth frenzied, expressionistic hybrids of horror and beauty. Published in softback and limited edition slipcase editions by Baltimore's Scapegoat Publishing, American Gothic is Batts' third book and the one most reflective of the artist himself. American Gothic is Batts' pure, unadulterated artistic vision, one not tweaked for the mass-market or meant to satisfy bourgeois tastes. Batts' work is well-known in the worlds of rock, fetish and fashion.
Contains a full length compact disc by: Mastodon, Pg. 99, Swarm of the Lotus, Pig Destroyer, Dog Fashion Disco, Radiation 4, Daybreak, Buzzoven, Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
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Haunted Paradise:
The Art of Glenn Barr
By Glenn Barr


Glenn Barr's robots, creatures, and vixens live in a seedy yet swinging, 1960s universe, drenched in the haze of a postindustrial hangover. Working out of the burgeoning lowbrow movement in Detroit, Barr creates kinky inner sanctums adorned with disembodied cherubs, morally bankrupt babes, and sizzling femme fatales. Influenced by both pulp art and comics, Barr's work, beautifully sampled in this collection, is the visual equivalent of a David Lynch film.
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Nature of Mind
By Alex Grey


Nature of Mind is both the title of Alex Grey's unique artwork, a seven-paneled altarpiece honoring artists and masters of Tibet, and the title of this small, lovely book. The Tibetan Buddhist teachings known as Dzogchen inspired the visions and wisdom found herein. A poem accompanies the seven panels, describing the meaning of each sequential image in the altarpiece. The book contains previously unpublished works, such as Grey's original portraits and photographs of luminary Buddhist teachers with notes from their dharma talks. Also here are his self-portrait reflections on identity and the contemporary Western Buddhist path, as well as discussions on the visionary worlds that are part of the Sacred Art of Tibet. Nature of Mind differs from other dharma books in featuring original artwork, and differs from art books in featuring Buddhist teachings. The work relates to the legendary Ox Herding Pictures, ten woodblock prints that accompany the Zen parable illuminating the Path to Enlightenment.
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Sacred Mirrors Cards
By Alex Grey


A set of 23 meditation cards with art and poetry by Alex Grey. Contains the complete series of Sacred Mirrors paintings plus two additional transformative images. Includes guided meditations, reflections, and poetry by Alex Grey. The Sacred Mirrors are a journey through our physical, socio-political, and spiritual anatomy. Sacred Mirrors Cards contains twenty-three meditation cards featuring reproductions of all twenty-one of Alex Grey’s Sacred Mirrors paintings plus two additional transformative images: Oversoul and The Angel. Grey’s visionary poetry on the back of each card leads the meditator through contemplation of the image on the front of the card, culminating in a one-word theme for reflection. The 23 cards in this boxed set lead the viewer through the process of theosis--that is, coming closer to God--through contemplation of iconic archetypes and seeing oneself, each other, and the world as a reflection of the divine. The original 46" x 84" Sacred Mirrors paintings featured in the Sacred Mirrors Cards are on display at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York City.
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Lost Girls Collected
By Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie


For more than a century, Alice, Wendy and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland and Land of Oz of our childhoods. Now like us, these three lost girls have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment. Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms, revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxury Austrian hotel. Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, Lost Girls is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve. Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, Lost Girls is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention. This is erotic fiction at its finest. Similar to DC's Absolute editions of Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls will be published as three, 112-page, super-deluxe, ovesized hardcover volumes, all sealed in a gorgeous slipcase. It will truly be an edition for the ages.
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The Art of S. Clay Wilson

THE ART OF S. CLAY WILSON is the long-awaited career retrospective of the most extreme of the Zap cartoonists of the late 1960s. A self-described "graphic agoraphobe," Wilson draws manically dense scenes of lurid mayhem that rank among the seminal works of underground, counterculture American art. It's all here, from the classic chronicles of the Checkered Demon to salacious stories about the pirates, prostitutes, and poets that inhabit Wilson's divinely depraved world. From the Publisher: The definitive collection of the art of legendary Zap comic artist S. Clay Wilson. * Features 200 full-color images, including new work and previously unpublished prints commissioned for private collections. * Introduction by R. Crumb touts Wilson's role as one of the originators of underground comix. "Wilson was the strongest, most original artist of my generation that I had yet met... There was something very familiar about the drawings, yet something entirely new, never before seen! It looked like folk art, like old-time tattoos, like some high school hotrodder's notebook drawings. They were rough, crazy, coarse, deeply American."
-from R. Crumb's introduction
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An Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality
(A BLAB! Storybook)
By David Sandlin


This ABC for sinners spotlights creator David's Sandlin's alter ego, recounting his lurid life in rhyming couplets: a "sintamental education" in 26 easy steps, from Adultery to Zealotry. This is the fifth BLAB! storybook, a series showcasing sequential artists from Monte Beauchamp's annual BLAB! anthology. Each volume is presented in a faux-children's book format, though aimed squarely at adults and young adults. Sandlin's storybook composes what can best be described as narrative painting, taking advantage of the way in which painting (art) allows the artist to bring together the conscious and the subconscious, the rational and the irrational, the realistic and the dreamlike. Working in the cartoony style he has perfected over the last 20 years—something of a cross between Thomas Hart Benton and MAD magazine—Sandlin delivers hellfire and damnation via a lurid graphic style and hyperbolic rhetoric that strongly suggests sarcasm. But keeping the work fresh and engaging, beyond the sheer visual intensity, is an equally unmistakable earnestness.
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Desert to Dream:
A Decade of Burning Man Photography
By Barbara Traub


Attended by 20 people on a San Francisco beach in 1986, the "Burning Man" festival has mushroomed into a desert pilgrimage for 40,000 people annually. For one week, Burning Man qualifies as Nevada's fifth-largest city, and climaxes on Labor Day weekend with the burning of four-story tall wooden "man." This is an unprecedented photographic record of an evolving decade of Burning Man, from its infancy as a performance art exhibit to its explosion as a pop culture destination. Photographer Barbara Traub captures the sacred and profane, from inspired costumes to otherworldly artifacts that defy convention. Traub describes the dynamic scenes along with contributions from filmmaker Les Blank, Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Now a global network fueled by the Internet, Burning Man is the twenty-first century's ultimate celebration of the human imagination. Barbara Traub is a critically acclaimed photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Her art has exhibited internationally, and her Burning Man photographs have appeared in Wired, Spiegel Online, Photo District News, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Age. Chief photographer for HardWired's book Burning Man, she curated Photo SF's 2004 "Art of Burning Man" gallery.
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Autopsyrotica
By Chad Michael Ward


The best-selling artist of Black Rust returns with a corrosively dark vision of life, death and in-between. Critically acclaimed New Dark artist Chad Michael Ward has spent a decade entertaining fans of fantasy and science fiction with his evocative work. Dark, moody and often violently erotic, Ward's sophomore art collection from NBM Publishing is a stylish look at sex and death. Tripping the rift between the final hereafter and the type of subversive sexuality Ward's work has come to be known for, AUTOPSYROTICA is a hybrid of words and pictures; part art book, part dark narrative. In the book's introduction, John Cassaday warns us: "Prepare to roller-coast between pages: "Zombie" may be taken literally and that's fine, but there's also something very much alive and lovingly sad. Silent screen vixen meets her demise. Maybe it was the string orchestrations I was drenched in... But just look at those eyes."
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Voluptuous Panic:
The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin
(Expanded Edition)
By Mel Gordon


"Voluptuous Panic is simultaneously appalling and thrilling, repellent and seductive, grotesque and gorgeous- not a typical coffee table book. It would go better with absinthe drunk from a human skull."-Gary Meyer, Clean Sheets. When Voluptuous Panic first appeared in the fall of 2000, it inspired wide acclaim and multiple printings. Anticipating the expanded edition, Feral House placed Voluptuous Panic out of print, and for the past year buyers paid as much as $460 to online dealers for a used copy. This sourcebook of hundreds of rare visual delights from pre-Nazi, Cabaret-period "Babylon on the Spree" has the distinction of being praised both by scholars and avatars of contemporary culture, inspiring hip clubgoers, filmmakers, gay historians, graphic designers, and musicians like the Dresden Dolls and Marilyn Manson. Voluptuous Panic's expanded edition includes the new illustrated chapter, "Sex Magic and the Occult," documenting German pagan cults and their bizarre erotic rituals, including instructions for entering into the "Sexual Fourth Dimension." The deluxe hardcover edition also includes sensational accounts of hypno-erotic cabaret acts, Berlin Fetish prostitution ("The Boot Girl Visit"), gay life ("A Wild-Boy Initiation!"), descriptions and illustrations of Aleister Crowley's Berlin OTO Secret Society, and sex crime ("the Curious Career and Untimely Death of Fritz Ulbrich").
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Beasts and Priests:
A Selection of Portraiture By Jim Blanchard


Beasts and Priests collects for the first time more than ten years' worth of pointillist portraiture of the world's most legendary scene-makers as rendered by HATE collaborator and Glam Warp creator Jim Blanchard. Much of the black-and-white ink work here has previously seen print in some of the world's better alternative magazines and news weeklies, and the large color portraits made with brightly colored industrial stickers have appeared in the more popular art galleries of North America, such as Seattle's critically important Roq La Rue gallery. Portrait subjects include: Duke Ellington, Redd Foxx, Frances Farmer, Patti Page, Shane MacGowan, Lemmy Kilmister, Ron Jeremy, Marcel Proust, Frank Sinatra, Nell Carter, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Curtis Mayfield, Terry Southern, Jackie Gleason, Amos Milburn, Willie Nelson, Henry Kissinger, Courtney Love, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, Mil Mascaras, Andy Warhol, Lee Marvin, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Cash, Bon Scott, Lee Hazlewood, Raymond Chandler, Ennio Morricone, Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce and Jim Goad. Blanchard's work is often twisted, mutated and ultimately sickly gorgeous, with a pervasive psychedelic tone. Heavily influenced by such underground greats as Robert Williams and Victor Moscoso, Blanchard fuses meticulous craftsmanship with a pop underground sensibility to produce some of the most vivid and striking cartoon art in the world.
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Everything That Creeps
By Elizabeth McGrath


The first collected work of the LA underground art world's favorite wunderkind, Elizabeth McGrath. 112 pages of full-color photos and detail shots reveal the exquisitely complex details of her sweetly twisted creatures, giving a glimpse of what the City of Misfit Toys might have become had it been saved by Satan rather than Santa. Upon first viewing, McGrath's colorful, mummified creatures are gothic oddities, but their undeniable artistry immediately draws one in, revealing their touching curiosities, transforming their grotesqueness into tortured beauty.
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The Mystery Traditions:
Secret Symbols and Sacred Art
By James Wasserman


In The Mystery Traditions James Wasserman offers a full-color lexicon of occult imagery drawn from the Kabbalah and tarot as well as the traditions of magic, alchemy, and astrology, accompanied by commentary on each image's significance and the wisdom teachings from which it derives. In this new edition he also looks at the pivotal role played by secret societies in safeguarding and transmitting these teachings and presents rarely seen artifacts of these societies. Among the splendid offerings in this collection are all 22 paintings of the medieval alchemical masterpiece Splendor Solis in full color and works by significant artists and esoteric thinkers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Robert Fludd, Austin Osman Spare, Harry Smith, Manly P. Hall, and Raymond Lull. This book provides an excellent introduction to the timeless and hidden dimensions of occult practice. An extensive bibliography of classical occult works also complements this unique collection.
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BLAB! #16
By Monte Beauchamp


The preeminent anthology of painting and the illustration arts. BLAB! is an annual coffee-table showcase of fine art, illustration, and comix, and a gold-standard in the work of the professional visual arts. This new volume features Geoffrey Grahn's "The Man Who Saved the World," which tells the tale of Vasily Arkhipov, the Russian sub brigade commander, who, during the Cuban missile crisis, kept a cool head when his superior on the sub gave orders to begin firing nuclear torpedoes at the U.S., thereby saving the world from nuclear war. Laura Levine's "Veronica" recounts the life of the beautiful, enigmatic and tragic 1940s movie star, Veronica Lake (she of the "Peek-A-Boo" hair). Peter and Maria Hoey present "Lost Liner Notes," a story comprising six separate, interlocking pages, which examine the lives of jazz musicians who played in the be-bop era of the 1940s and early '50s. Tragic lives and truncated careers may have pushed their musical contributions to the margins, but this comic tells the story of Fats Navarro, Dodo Marmarosa, Serge Chaloff, Dick Twardzik, Wardell Gray, and Sonny Criss, all of whom made some of the greatest music you never heard. This volume also features new work by Sue Coe, Judith Brody, Sergio Ruzzier, Mats!, Spain, Peter Kuper, Marc Rosenthal, Gary Baseman, The Clayton Brothers, Bob Staake and more. Covers by Tim Biskup.
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The Saddest Place on Earth:
The Art of Camille Rose Garcia


These newest works by Camille Rose Garcia examine ideas of decadence, deception, and denial explored within the context of Empire. It serves as a looking glass into the everyday violence that supports the current power structure and prescribes a glitter coated pill to ease the swallowing. The effect of the pill, once digested, depends upon the viewer. The Saddest Place on Earth is beautiful, the ballroom of an Empire, a forest of aquamarine jewels, a place where cream layered cakes, crystal castles, and opiate abundance serve to sedate the masses. But as the telescope retracts, the glossy veneer of privilege falls away to reveal another reality. Machine guns and machetes decorate the landscape alongside exploding poppies. Deer and Princesses hang suspensefully in a cloud of malaise, and disbelief becomes the ether of the living. The Saddest Place on Earth is opulent wallpaper of destruction that decorates our lives. Its surface is seductive, its layers complex, and its future uncertain.
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Clive Barker: Visions of Heaven and Hell
By Clive Barker


What would you see if you could peek inside the mind of Clive Barker, creator of such classics as Weaveworld, Hellraiser, and Candyman? Would you dare look? Crack open Visions of Heaven and Hell, and you have unlocked a Pandora's box of images that are certain to stay inside your head. For more than twenty-five years, Barker has awed fans and critics alike with his groundbreaking works of fiction, but what few know is that the heart of his fantastic worlds lies in pictures. Now, for the first time, this book brings out from the dark depths more than 300 of Barker's most stunning drawings and oil paintings. Illuminated with new writings by Barker, this artwork renders with expressionist fervor some of our most primal passions-good, evil, and all that's between. From the graphically terrifying to the ecstatically sensual, Visions of Heaven and Hell takes the reader on a journey through unexplored and forbidden realms. Designed in a luxurious package that recalls a devotional medieval manuscript or the works of Blake and Cocteau, this volume itself has the feel of a talisman from one of Barker's stories. Providing the true key to the mysteries of his imagination, it is a must-have collectible for the legion of Barker's fiction fans. But it also reaches out to an even greater audience of those who follow his films.
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The Perfect Medium:
Photography and the Occult
By Clement Cheroux


In the early days of photography, many believed and hoped that the camera would prove more efficient than the human eye in capturing the unseen. Spiritualists and animists of the nineteenth century seized on the new technology as a method of substantiating the existence of supernatural beings and happenings. This fascinating book assembles more than 250 photographic images from the Victorian era to the 1960s, each purporting to document an occult phenomenon: levitations, apparitions, transfigurations, ectoplasms, spectres, ghosts, and auras. Drawn from the archives of European and American occult societies and private and public collections, the photographs in many cases have never before been published. The Perfect Medium studies these rare and remarkable photographs through cultural, historical, and artistic lenses. More than mere curiosities, the images on film are important records of the cultural forces and technical methods that brought about their production. They document in unexpected ways a period when developing photographic technology merged with a popular obsession with the occult to create a new genre of haunting experimental photographs.
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The Plucker:
An Illustrated Novel
By Brom


World-renowned dark fantasy artist Brom in this illustrated novel intimately combines his dramatic storytelling with his uniquely arresting images, to create a work of striking imagination, a world where fairy-tale tradition collides with vileness and depravity, love and heroism, suffering and sacrifice. A shadowy land of make-believe where Jack and his box are stuck beneath the bed with the dust, spiders, and other castaway toys, forced to face a bitter truth: children grow up and toys are left behind. Jack believes this is the worst that can happen to a toy. But when the Plucker, a malevolent spirit, is set loose upon the world of make-believe and Jack is thrust into the unlikely role of defending Thomas, the very child who abandoned him, he finds out there is worse that can befall a toy-far worse. As desperation mounts, Jack is thrown together with Thomas's other toys-Monkey, the Nutcracker, and the ethereally beautiful porcelain doll Snow Angel-as they struggle to rise above their simple roles as playthings in an effort to save the boy they love.
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Goth-Icky:
A Macabre Menagerie of Morbid Monstrosities
By Michael J. Nelson, Charles S. Anderson Design Company


From Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to B horror movie icons to The Addams Family and beyond, macabre misfits have thrived in the fertile soil of American modern-age media and pop culture. Brought to Abrams by the creators of the successful Happy Kitty Bunny Pony: A Saccharine Mouthful of Super Cute, Goth-icky celebrates the American goth, their culture, and the vampires, zombies, skeletons, and other mutants that inspire them. Containing more than 200 images from the print and advertising archives of Charles S. Anderson Design Company in combination with a sharply hilarious text by Michael J. Nelson, the main writer and host of the legendary Mystery Science Theater 3000, Goth-icky is a kitsch and campy testament to America's love of horror. So break out the black lipstick, curl up in your coffin, and get ready for some freaky fun!
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Forbidden Erotica
By Mark Lee Rotenberg, Laura Mirsky


Ladies in bloomers and corsets with men sporting handlebar moustaches, transfixed in the raunchiest of positions! Mark Rotenberg was inspired to begin collecting erotic photographs after he stumbled upon over 1000 very graphic vintage photos in a dumpster in Brooklyn. His collection now tops out at about 95,000 photos from 1860 to 1960. This book draws highlights from Rotenberg's collection of crazy hardcore photographs that would make your grandmother squirm. This special edition has been issued in honor of Taschen's 25th anniversary. Thick, hardbound, b&w.
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Becoming Animal:
Contemporary Art in the Animal Kingdom
By Nato Thompson


In an age when scientists say they can no longer specify the exact difference between human and animal, living and dead, many contemporary artists have chosen to use animals in their work -- as the ultimate "other," as metaphor, as reflection. The attempt to discover what is animal, not surprisingly, leads to a greater understanding of what it means to be human. In Becoming Animal, 12 internationally known artists investigate the shifting boundaries between animal and human. Their explorations may be a barometer of things to come. The works included in Becoming Animal -- which accompanies an exhibit at MASS MoCA -- range from the aviary and cabinet of curiosities of Mark Dion to the gun-toting bird collages of Michael Oatman. Nicolas Lampert's machine-animal collages and Jane Alexander's corpse-like humanoids suggest a new landscape of alienation. Rachel Berwick's investigation of the last Galapagos tortoise from the island of Pinto and Brian Conley's humanized mating call of the Tungara frog question the divide between human and animal communication. Patricia Piccinini imagines a bodyguard for a bird on the edge of extinction and Ann-Sofi Siden recreates the bedroom -- and paranoia -- of psychologist Alice Fabian. Natalie Jeremijenko presents another installment in her ongoing Ooz, reverse-engineering the zoo, and Kathy High's installation of "trans-animals" remembers lab rats who have given their lives for science. Sam Easterson's videos allow us to see from the viewpoint of an aardvark, a tarantula, a tumbleweed; Motohiko Odani's films show a surrealistic genetically modified bestiary. Becoming Animal documents these works with eye-popping full-color images, taking us on a visual journey through an unknown world.
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Occult Images: (Clip Art)
Book & CD-Rom
By Pepin Press


Design lovers everywhere, especially those who appreciate gorgeous high quality images will love this! This well bound book is overflowing with incredibly edgy occult and magic related clipart. Well sized, on glossy pages and beautiful to look at... basically the complete opposite of Dover press old school clip art selections. The CD-rom is filled with every image featured in the book (as high quality tiff and jpg formats) which make the images very easy to access and use.
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What's Your Poison?:
Addictive Advertising Of The '40s - '60s
By Kirven Blount


Long before lawsuits and warning labels, cigarettes and alcohol were advertised as part of a healthy way of life. From celebrity endorsements to doctor recommendations, an ill-informed nation zealously responded to persuasive advertising. To ensure that these vices were considered social necessities, liquor, beer, and cigarette companies made sure every possible market was reached through provocative print campaigns. WHAT'S YOUR POISON? is a rose-colored retrospective of the addictive advertisements that hooked a generation. Shocking by today's standards, these printed messages demonstrate the innocence and ignorance of drinking and smoking's golden age. A visual blast from the past, WHAT'S YOUR POISON? proves that we truly have come a long way, baby.
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Inamorata:
The Erotic Art of Michael Manning


New book from the author of The Spider Garden! Sensuality is the norm and everything is permitted in singles, diptychs and triptychs from a decade of Manning's shows, private commissions and personal collection. Manning offers spiritual transcendence through physical excess and erotic domination, and radical gender transformation in the portraits of female muses, dancers, artists, or contortionists who give free reign to their erotic desires.
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Departed Angels:
The Lost Paintings
By Jack Kerouac, Ed Adler


This first-ever collection of Jack Kerouac's visual art includes nearly every existing full-color painting collected and preserved by the Kerouac estate in Lowell, Massachusetts. Also included are dozens of black-and-white line drawings, sketches, and facsimile reproductions of Kerouac's notations from his unpublished notebooks. In writing, Kerouac's restless and relentless experimentation-what he called "spontaneous bop prosody"-pushed language to the boundaries of meaning. In painting and drawing he found a complementary means of expression. A friend and admirer of painters Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers, Franz Kline, and Dody Muller, Kerouac was an ardent and deliberate student who worked to develop and refine his skills and his conception of the act of painting-a conception related to the spontaneous composition he had pioneered in his books. Ed Adler's essay offers an unprecedented view of Kerouac, the visual artist. Rich in anecdote and drawing on extensive quotation from Kerouac's letters, notebooks, and published writings, Adler's essay demonstrates the biographical and thematic preoccupations common to Kerouac's writing and painting, especially Kerouac's struggle to integrate the two spiritual traditions, Catholicism and Buddhism, to which he was devoted. No consideration of Kerouac will be complete without reference to this heretofor- unseen aspect of his life and work.
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Muzzlers, Guzzlers, and Good Yeggs
By Joe Coleman


True-crime classics from the legendary outsider artist in a big little format. Joe Coleman has spent the last quarter-century purging and embracing his demons through art, an angry artist obsessed with decay and the extremes of human behavior. He is best known for his rich oil paintings, but what many don't know is that he has also created an impressive body of sequential, black-and-white art, which this volume collects. As with his paintings, Coleman is obsessed with violence and dementia, particularly in regard to cultural antiheroes and serial killers. Muzzlers, Guzzlers, and Good Yeggs collects the best of his true crime tales. Coleman's character studies are dripping with lurid imagery and a pulp sensibility, rendered with careful draughtsmanship and dense with information. Features five stories: "You Can't Win," which adapts the memoir of the same name by Jack Black, the notorious early 20th century con-man, thief, opium addict, convict and author; "Boxcar Bertha," which is about the depression-era female hobo who is driven to prostitution, only to be led to salvation by an unwanted pregnancy; "Carl Panzram, #31614," which depicts the life of the notorious serial killer and rapist who declared, "I hate the whole damned human race, including myself" and who expressed his thirst for murder right up to his own execution; "The Final Days of John Paul Knowles," a.k.a. "The Final Days of the Boston Strangler," which is equally a story about Sandy Fawkes, the woman who narrowly escaped being Knowles' seventeenth victim; the last story in the collection is "The Wages of Sin,"a brief manifesto on human suffering and the people and institutions that perpetuate it (priests, scientists and military, e.g.).
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Panda Meat: Source Book 1
By Last Gasp, Frank Kozik (Editor)


A cutting-edge collection of 110 contemporary underground and mainstream artists, illustrators, and graphic designers from a networked community of self-made artisans. In recent years, the world of "urban vinyl toys" and "designer action figures" has created a new revolution in toy design, bringing together designers from all around the world ranging from graffiti artists to top fashion designers. This explosion of creativity has resulted in the equivalent of a new pop art movement that is continuously growing in popularity. Panda Meat is a source book to some of the great talent involved in this new movement. Each artist uses different media, but all of them work independently to manufacture their own products. Contact information for each artist is included in the back of the book. Edited by Frank Kozik, the widely-recognized master of concert poster art and author of Man's Ruin, Ode to Joy, and Desperate Measures, Empty Pleasures.
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Artmind DVD
The Healing Power of Sacred Art with Alex Grey


Could it be that the sacred paintings, sculptures and monuments from ancient civilizations around the world were created to evoke more than just beauty alone? Do they also have the power to heal and enlighten us, expand our visionary capacity and bring us face to face with divine reality? Join visionary artist Alex Grey as he takes us on an amazing transformative journey into his unique artistic and spiritual vision. During the course of this exquisite mind expanding DVD, Alex Grey discusses his artistic vision, life experiences, metaphysical journeys, sacred teachings, and painters that have influenced his work. While exploring the sacred art of spiritual traditions from around the world, he offers insight into it's power to assist us in revitalizing our health and sense of well-being so that we may open the doors of our perception into the luminous nature of reality, and discover our divine potential. Included are scores of his paintings and sculptures going back over twenty years of creation.
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Maniac Eyeball:
The Unspeakable Confessions of Salvador Dali
By Salvador Dali


Maniac Eyeball is the third, final and most comprehensive volume of autobiography written by the late Salvador Dali. Maniac Eyeball contains the frank and uncensored confessions of Salvador Dalí, from his childhood and first adolescent sexual experiences to his emergence as a painter, surrealist and eventually the most famous-and possibly richest-artist of modern times. These inspired tracts, covering art, love, sex, money, death, fame, science, his famous friends and enemies, and his extraordinary creative genius, reveal the intricate workings of Dalí's mind to create not only an unparalleled autobiography, but also one of the key surrealist texts yet published.
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Surrealism
By Mary Ann Caws (Phaidon Press)


Surrealism is the first in an expanded range of Themes and Movements titles which look beyond the post-1945 period to survey all of the twentieth century's major art movements. Mary Ann Caws is an internationally respected scholar of Surrealism who has translated many of its major texts and published extensively on the Surrealists' art and writings. Aside from academic studies and museum catalogues this is the first comprehensive, art book format survey on Surrealism to be published for a number of years. It also provides an overview of the essential links between the Surrealists' famous artworks and their equally renowned writings. Mary Ann Caws is uniquely qualified to do this.
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The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora
By Cathy Fenner, Arnie Fenner


The first retrospective of one of the defining visual stylists of the 1950s. Vintage music buffs have long been bedazzled by bizarre, cartoonish album covers tagged with the signature "Flora." In the 1940s and '50s, James (Jim) Flora designed dozens of diabolic cover illustrations, many for Columbia and RCA Victor jazz artists. His designs pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins, who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. In the background, geometric doo-dads floated willy-nilly like a kindergarten toy room gone anti-gravitational. He wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring up flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives. Yet Flora's wondrous, childlike exuberance was subverted by a sinister tinge of the grotesque. As Flora confessed in a 1998 interview, "I got away with murder, didn't I?" This is the first collection of the marvelous, mischievous album art of Jim Flora (1914-1998). The book contains most of Flora's known covers (around 50), which command high prices on eBay. The gallery includes rarely seen illustrations and covers from Columbia's new release monthly, "Coda" (1943-1953), and some of Flora's post-WWII commercial magazine work.
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Spectrum 11:
The Eleventh Annual Collection of the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
By Cathy Fenner, Arnie Fenner


Now in its 11th year, and just getting bigger and better, this eagerly anticipated volume in the art and art-buying world represents the who's who in fantasy today. Spectrum is the first and only illustration annual to focus solely on fantastic art, with over 300 artists featured. Divided into seven categories, including one devoted to comics and graphic novels, Spectrum is a feast of disparate vision and artistic imagining, showcasing, among others: John Howe, fantasy illustrator and designer for Lord of the Rings; Peter deSeve, conceptual artist on Finding Nemo; Anita Kunz's work from Rolling Stone; the exquisite acrylics of Michael Whelan; the poignant work of John Jude Palancer; Doug Chiang, design director for Star Wars and creator of Robota; and Jon Foster, also of Star Wars fame. Lively, idiosyncratic, and sometimes shocking, this work continues to push against the meniscus of reality, exploring new realms of inventiveness and creativity, be it from movies, video games, ads, or art galleries.
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Dream: Dark Erotic Photographic Visions of
John Santerineross


After forcing fans to wait for five years, John Santerineross again proves his genius of dark erotic art as he releases his eagerly anticipated second book of disturbing yet titillating images, entitled "Dream". This sequel to "Fruit of the Secret God" is an exploration of John's dream imagery and iconography through the use of the photographic medium. Hailed as "The leading dark erotic artist of our time" by media, fans and fellow artists, John again demonstrates his intelligence and talent in producing work that is provocative, disturbing and erotic. "Dream" is a 9" x 12" hardcover photography book with dust jacket. 120 full color pages, it includes 50 new and never-before-seen images. Accompanying John's disquieting, sensual images is an introduction offered by underground erotic writer, Nina Hugo and a short story written by artist and writer Bethalynne Bajema.
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Men's Adventure Magazines
By Max Allan Collins


Battling dangerous beasts such as ferocious lions, venomous snakes, or swarms of man-eating weasels, the hunky heroes of men's adventure magazines were frequently depicted struggling to protect themselves and especially their buxom female companions from the gruesome tragic ends that threatened their every waking moment. Whether stranded on desert islands, clashing with motorcycle gangs, or shackled in prison camps, the magazines' male and female protagonists were perpetually fighting their ways out of dangerous predicaments. To pay homage to the American periodicals of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s that "documented" such outrageous exploits, TASCHEN brings you this hefty, comprehensive guide packed full of colorful cover art, sumptuous sample spreads, and enlightening essays. With an in-depth introductory essay describing the history, culture, and artistry of men's adventure—a.k.a. "sweat"—magazines, as well as chapter-by-chapter exploration of various subjects including the role of women and the portrayal of Nazis and Communists, this definitive study of the genre examines not only the popular appeal of the magazines but also their social and political implications. Also included are publisher listings and profiles of artists and writers, as well as an interview with Norm Eastman, one of the genre's most important artists.
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Art Of Modern Rock:
The Poster Explosion
By Paul Grushkin, Dennis King


Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, Art of Modern Rock is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters. An art form that has grown hand-in-hand with the independent music scene, heralding small and large gigs alike, the posters have emerged from visually creative street-level notices to prized collectibles rendered in a variety of styles and media. Today's poster artists combine the expressive freedom pioneered in the poster revolution of the 1960s with the attitude and the do-it-yourself approach of the punk scene, creating an unprecedented surge of innovative poster production on an international scale. Featuring over 1,600 exemplary rock posters and flyers from over 200 international studios and artists, Art of Modern Rock is the long-anticipated sequel to coauthor Paul Grushkin's The Art of Rock. Profiles and quotes from the pioneers in the field and their emerging heirs share nearly 500 gloriously packed pages of poster after mind-blowing poster. As brash and colorful as the burgeoning scene it documents, Art of Modern Rock is the must-have book for music and poster fans and collectors.
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Graffiti World:
Street Art from Five Continents
By Nicholas Ganz


Ever since anonymous spray-can art began appearing on city walls in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s, graffiti has been a ubiquitous presence in the urban landscape, its artists largely unsung heroes. As hip-hop culture spread from America, graffiti became a worldwide phenomenon, emerging in the 1980s as the symbolic artistic language of young people everywhere and one of the most potent influences on youth-oriented marketing and design. With more than 2,000 illustrations by over 150 artists from all over the world and interviews with many of them, this visually arresting book is the most comprehensive survey of graffiti art ever published. Today's young graffiti artists incorporate a variety of mediums-including stickers, stencils, oils, acrylics, and oil-based chalk-as well as an ever-expanding range of social commentary. This evolution in style and subject matter has earned graffiti the respect of the art world and guaranteed its long-lasting influence on art, graphic design, and style around the world. Great fun for graffiti and pop-culture buffs, the book is also an essential reference work for anyone involved in the visual arts today.
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Leonora Carrington:
Surrealism, Alchemy And Art
By Susan L. Aberth


This is the first book to survey the life and work of Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (born 1917). Carrington burst onto the Surrealist scene in 1936, when, as a precocious nineteen-year-old debutante, she escaped the stultifying demands of her wealthy English family by running away to Paris with her lover Max Ernst. She was immediately championed by Andre Breton, who responded enthusiastically to her fantastical, dark and satirical writing style and her interest in fairy tales and the occult. Her stories were included in Surrealist publications, and her paintings in the Surrealists' exhibitions. After the dramas and tragic separations of the Second World War, Carrington ended up in the 1940s as part of the circle of Surrealist European emigres living in Mexico City. Close friends with Luis Bunuel, Benjamin Peret, Octavio Paz and a host of both expatriate Surrealists and Mexican modernists, Carrington was at the centre of Mexican cultural life, while still maintaining her European connections. Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art provides a fascinating overview of this intriguing artist's rich body of work. The author considers Carrington's preoccupation with alchemy and the occult, and explores the influence of indigenous Mexican culture and beliefs on her production.
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Little Anatomy of the Physical Unconscious
or The Anatomy of the Image
By Hans Bellmer


Hans Bellmer (1902-­1975) stands as one of the most important erotic artists from the last century. An expert draftsman with a razor-sharp capacity for detail and an obsessive, unfettered imagination, Bellmer quickly came to the attention of Andre Breton and the Surrealists. In the 1950s Hans Bellmer composed a small book with ten original illustrations, in which he elucidated upon the psychosexual forces that provided the impetus for his artistic works, featuring his illumination of the "purely subjective" subconscious realm of our bodies which "finds nourishment in feverish, often psycho-pathological states, including that of sexual desire." This is the first English translation of Bellmer's text. Presented in a deluxe three-part binding with cloth spine, specially textured boards and endsheets, and gold stamping. Mostly text, with a few b&w illustrations. Forward by Joe Coleman.
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Create And Be Recognized:
Photography On The Edge
By John Turner, Deborah Klochko


Create and Be Recognized is the first survey of a compelling, always surprising art form -- outsider photography. Presented here is the work of seventeen largely self-taught artists who have used photography or photographic elements in their creations, including such luminaries as Adolf Wolfli, Howard Finster, and Henry Darger, as well as discoveries from little known, equally dramatic artists. As with most outsider art, the work here is fuelled by singular passions, marginalized mindsets, and extreme circumstances, falling outside mainstream picture-making. Employing collage (affixing photos or reproductions to a background), photocollage (photographs cut and pasted together to form a new whole), and tableaux (works based on manipulation and staging), the artists here present work that is, by turns, lyrical and frightening, and always fascinating. Published to coincide with a major touring exhibition of the same name originating at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Create and Be Recognized documents an emerging and important facet of contemporary photography.
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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
By Corinne May Botz, Frances Glessner Lee


This fascinating and macabre volume offers readers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a master criminal investigator. Frances Glessner Lee, a wealthy grandmother, founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936 and was later appointed captain in the New Hampshire police. In the 1940s she built dollhouse crime scenes based on real cases in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. Still used in forensic training today, the eighteen Nutshell dioramas, on a scale of 1:12, display an astounding level of detail: tiny pencils write, window shades move, whistles blow, and clues to the crime scene are revealed to those who study them carefully. Corrine Botz's lush color photographs lure viewers into every crevice of Frances Lee's models and breathe life into these deadly miniatures, which represent the dark side of domestic life, unveiling tales of prostitution, alcoholism and adultry. Botz's introductory essay, which draws on archival research and interviews with Lee's family and police colleagues, present a captivating portrait of the creator of these amazing miniatures.
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Pop Surrealism:
The Rise Of Underground Art
By Last Gasp


First comprehensive survey of the Pop Surrealism/Lowbrow art movement. With its origins in 1960's hot rod culture and underground comics, Pop Surrealism has evolved into a vilified, vital, and exciting art movement. Includes: * informative essays by art luminaries Robert Williams, Carlo McCormick, and Larry Reid * a forward by Kirsten Anderson * images from twenty-three of the movment's top artists including: Anthony Ausgang, Glenn Barr, Tim Biskup, Kalynn Campbell, The Clayton Brothers, Joe Coleman, Camille Rose Garcia, Alex Gross, Charles Krafft, Liz McGrath, Scott Musgrove, Niagara, The Pizz, Lisa Petrucci, Mark Ryden, Isabel Samaras, Todd Schorr, Shag, Robert Williams, and Eric White.
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Popaganda:
The Art And Subversion of Ron English
By Ron English


Ron English is widely considered to be one of the seminal figures in the ever-growing culture jamming movement. He has pirated over a thousand billboards over the last twenty years, replacing existing advertisements with his own hand-painted "subvertisements." Ron is also a well-known Pop painter, whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York. This is a comprehensive survey of his art, covering 20 years of his career, from staged photography to neo-surrealist oil paintings, from street art to culture jamming. An important look at the work of an artist who has been at the forefront of movements in photography, painting, activist art, and underground music.
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Triginta Uno Dies:
Thirty-one Drawings Thirty-one Days
By Daniel Martin Diaz


This beautifully haunting 80-page hardcover book features thirty-one disturbing, yet sublime graphite drawings, created in thirty-one days by self-taught artist Daniel Martin Diaz. A grueling and exhilarating journey into the subconscious, this intimate reflection depicts the struggles between faith, death, and the afterlife. Diaz has developed a technique of minimalism which includes painting on distressed wood and using handmade wooden frames. His use of Latin allows him to explore an ancient language that is expressive as it is beautiful. "One of my earliest memories as a child was the way death and religion played an important role in my family's life. My parents were born in Mexico with traditional beliefs, and their beliefs made their way into my subconscious... I do not claim to understand these questions. I just paint and let them reveal themselves to me." -from Diaz's Artist Statement
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SuicideGirls
By Missy Suicide


The SuicideGirls adult-entertainment website mixes the edginess, smarts, and attitude of the best alternative music and culture sites with an unapologetic, grassroots approach to sexuality. It is "empowered erotica," in which women outside of mainstream culture showcase their unique personal styles on their own pages, where they put up sexy pinup-style photos of themselves, post a personal profile, and keep online journals in which they discuss daily experiences (both naughty and nice). In this way, they are in charge of their own image and how they are represented. The Girls are from all over the world, including the United States, Canada, England, Finland, and Sweden. In addition to journal entries selected from the site and over 200 artful X-rated color photos, the book contains an introduction by Missy Suicide about how she got involved with this revolutionary culture and started the website.
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All Riot On The Western Front
The Montage Art of Winston Smith, Volume 3


Winston Smith, named for the protagonist of George Orwell's 1984, uses "old school" cut-and-paste methods to create his collages of old Americana images juxtaposed into shocking pictures. Dinosaurs poke their head into windows as 1950's suburban housewives take fresh-baked MX missiles out of the oven. Smith's work is often seen in Playboy, Mother Jones, the New Yorker, and on album covers for such diverse groups as Green Day and George Carlin. Introduction by Carlo McCormick.
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The Devil in Design:
The Krampus Postcards
By Monte Beauchamp


NOW IN PAPERBACK! A collection of vintage Christmas cards for very bad little girls and boys. The Devil in Design is a fascinating, full-color compendium of extremely rare, late 19th and early 20th-century Krampus postcards culled from key postcard collections from around the world. Lavishly illustrated with over a 150 striking and stylized full-page examples, the book also includes a short introduction tracing the character's origin and its overwhelming popularity throughout Europe. In the Christmas traditions of Europe, the Krampus is Saint Nicholas's dark servant—a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue gave misbehavers the creeps! Whereas Saint Nicholas would reward children who had been good all year with treats, those that had been disobedient were paid a visit by the Krampus. The Krampus terrorized the bad until they promised to be good. Some he'd spank; others he'd whip, while others he'd shackle, stuff into his large wooden basket, and then hurl into the flames of Hell! Such scenarios were delineated by skilled and imaginative Old World craftsmen, printed on penny postcards and disseminated throughout Europe. The Devil in Design is the first English-language book to offer this breathtaking collection of the finest, rarest, and most visually-stunning Krampus cards history has left to offer. 168 pages full-color illustrations.
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Amano:
The Complete Prints of Yoshitako Amano
By Yoshitako Amano


Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano began his career with exceptional design work on fan-favorite anime such as Gatchaman/G-Force and Time Bokan and popular graphic novels Sandman: The Dream Hunters and Wolverine & Elektra: The Redeemer, but it wasn't until he turned his attention to the medium of printmaking that his artistic genius began to flower. Drawing from influences as diverse as Art Nouveau and Art Deco traditions, American comics, Japanese ukiyo-e, and traditional fantasy illustration, Amano's prints capture a breathtaking world -- sometimes whimsical, sometimes luxurious, and sometimes terrifying. Amano: The Complete Prints showcases hundreds of these captivating works, comprising an impressive, comprehensive look at one of the art world's visionary talents. Art scholar and critic Unno Hiroshi contributes an insightful message on Amano, the genesis of this style, and his place in the panoply of art history. Also included is a brief timeline noting the high points of the artist's career.
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Stencil Pirates
By Josh MacPhee


Stencil Pirates is the first comprehensive book dedicated to stencil street art. Included are artist profiles, an in-depth history of stencil graffiti, its political context, and how stencils fit into the larger pantheon of street expression. Also here are a detailed "how-to" manual with designing, cutting, and painting tips from the artists, as well as 20 perforated cardstock stencil templates for readers who can't wait to hit the streets.
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R.I.P. Rest in Pieces:
A Portrait of Joe Coleman
DVD


R.I.P Rest in Pieces is director Robert-Adrian Pejo's intimate portrait of painter Joe Coleman, who is known around the world as a shamanic, moral voice diagnosing the ills of 21st century America. Coleman holds nothing back, telling us of a world wracked with tumorous cities, perversion, divorce, violence, atomic bombs, and a human race destroying itself "simply because we are born". New York Post: "A riveting examination of an artist who refuses to paint–or play–on the mainstream canvas... squirm-inducing." Jim Jarmusch: "Joe Coleman is a great artist... he remains a true outsider, an outlaw."
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Dreamland
Todd Schorr


Dreamland is a collection of Todd Schorr's best work to date. This beautiful hardcover edition joins Anima Mundi and Book of Joe in the rise of the new artistry: from "lowbrow art" beginnings, a new school of fine art has emerged. Todd Schorr's formative years were spent surrounded by the atomic and space ages; by Saturday morning cartoons and racks of comic books; by Revell models, Mad Magazine, Testors glue, Mickey Mouse, and Rat Fink. The compulsion to replicate these images led to a formal art education and exposure to a new set of influences drawn from the world of advertising and commercial art.
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Francis Bacon:
Portraits and Self-Portraits


Art Meets Occultism. For those of you who have spent considerable time reading about the Templars, Illuminatus, Masons, et. al. then this book would be of no shock to you. Francis Bacon in the disquise of an artist, in the disquise of the painted. The art itself lends itself to the greater mystery, and as such is a must have for any enthusiast. From distorted self-images to brutal portrayals of friends and fellow artists, the portraits of Francis Bacon account for one of the most remarkable aspects of the work of the British painter. This work looks at his stylistic distortions of classicism and his famous deformations. Milan Kundera provides an introduction explaining his personal response to Bacon's work, exploring the paradox that lies in the faithfulness of the distorted images, and linking Bacon's genius with that of Samuel Beckett, both working at the outer limits of their art. France Borel's essay sets Bacon's works in the context of his life and influences and explains his approach to portraiture.
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Malicious Resplendence:
The Paintings of Robt. Williams


The definitive collection of paintings by outsider icon Robert Williams. Simply put, this is the coffee-table collection of the paintings of Robert Williams, one of the most lauded and controversial American painters of the 20th Century. Originally released in 1997 and now back in print, Malicious Resplendence features over 200 full-color paintings spanning Williams' life and career, reproduced with breathtaking clarity (no small feat with Williams' hyper-kinetic visions). Along with a comprehensive and carefully compiled retrospective of Williams' body of work, the book also features extensive biographical information by critic C.R. Stecyk, an introduction by noted curator Walter Hopps, and dozens of rare and never-before-seen photos of the artist and related ephemera.
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Visions
By Alex Grey


A limited cased edition of 2,000 copies. The case itself acts as an altar. Contains: Portfolio of six new paintings suitable for framing - One hardcover copy of Sacred Mirrors - One hardcover copy of Transfigurations - Over 250 color paintings. "Alex Grey's paintings breathe new life into the deadened soul of modern consciousness. You will find in this work the intensity of someone who is not just doing his own personal art but is consciously participating in the evolutionary unfolding toward a more integral world. In a more integral world, inner and outer experiences, spiritual and material realities, become a single stream of unified energy. In Alex's work, this crystallization has already occurred."
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The Magic of M. C. Escher
By J.L. Locker


M.C. Escher suffers from horrible overexposure. Who hasn't seen the college dorm room posters, postcards, T-shirts, and coffee mugs of such well-worn images as a hand drawing another hand or gothic buildings with never-ending staircases? The mass reproduction of these images has carved a firm place in our popular culture, yet made the work dismissible as modern art. Beyond the familiar images, though, is an immense body of work. The Magic of M.C. Escher covers in depth the graphic illustrations, woodcuts, and lithographs of Escher's career. With his amazingly repetitive graphic illustration and unflinchingly control of size, shape, and shading, Escher draws like a human computer. The book itself is creatively put together, with foldouts, seemingly endless images, and a loving introduction by the director of the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague.
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BLAB! Vol. 14
By Monte Beauchamp


Welcome to the preeminent anthology of the graphic design and illustration arts. Included in this volume: David Sandlin's "Slumburbia," a four-page color panorama depicting the temptations of the American family unit; Sue Coe's "WOMD" (weapons of mass destruction), which focuses on the weapons that affect the planet every day; Documentary filmmaker and award-winning children's book illustrator Laura Levine recounts the bizarre case of the Picolo Midgets, a vaudeville circus act that traveled throughout America during the early 1900s; Spain Rodriguez delivers an autobiographical view of the origins of Playboy and the sexual fervor it spawned during 1950s; Beauchamp contributes "Kilroy Was Here," a history of World War II's graffiti cartoon icon crudely scrawled on surfaces everywhere by G.I.s who travelled throughout the world; And much, much more, including BLAB! regulars Gary Baseman, The Clayton Brothers, Drew Friedman, Blanquet, and others, all wrapped under a gorgeous cover.
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Offerings
By Brom


RE-ISSUED! Celebrate the darkness. A collection of art from the master of fantasy and horror continues the theme of the extremely successful Darkwerks. Brom's characteristic and potent brand of sinister, disturbing imagery comes to life through a selection of the very best paintings and concept work of recent years. In addition to covers from best-selling novels, here are Brom's illustrations for comic books, movies, computer games and collectible cards, where he has become the leading name. With more than 120 haunting images, this collection will find an eager audience, waiting to plunge into its irresistible, shadowy depths.
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Icon:
A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art
By Frank Frazetta

This book is going to make Frank Frazetta fans very, very happy. A comprehensive look at the work of one of the world's most influential fantasy artists. Frazetta's entire career is covered, from his earliest work on L'il Abner to his unused poster art for Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn; from his powerful interpretations of Robert E. Howard's Conan character to his whimsical Hollywood parodies. More than a hundred full color prints of Frazetta's most representative work are collected here in a single handsome edition, along with photographs of the artist and his studio, quotes, and testimonial biography. The subject matter of Frazetta's work is familiar--brawny warriors, buxom enchantresses, and terrifying monsters--but he manages to infuse them with a rare charisma. His figures are sublime, at once naturalistic and hyper-real, and his vivid use of colors startles the eye again and again. Incredibly, this collection manages to do justice to his decades of award-winning work. Icon is a must for the serious Frazetta enthusiast.
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It's a Man's World:
Men's Adventure Magazines - The Postwar Pulps
By Adam Parfrey


Men's magazines first appeared in great numbers after World War II and the Korean War. Their signature stories, supposedly based on reality, often depicted brawny he-men protecting lustful women from savages, Nazis, Koreans, or Cubans. Explore a time when magazines like Argosy and True flourished, along with their more sexually charged counterparts such as Stag and For Men Only. The book is both an art gallery and a lively history, profiling the magazines' themes of bondage and SM, racism, and sexism. Editor Adam Parfrey provides sociological context for the extraordinary covers, interior art, and articles in these cultural artifacts. Extensively illustrated with reproductions from magazines like Saga, Stag, and more, this is a colorful and lively retrospective of masculinity in the cold-war era.
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The Endless Enigma:
Dali and the Magicians of Multiple Meaning
By Jean-Hubert Martin, Dawn Ades


Fascinated by optical phenomena and curious to explore the limits of picture making, painters share a long history of creating visual puzzles, composite pictures with shifting perspectives. Ambiguous images whose various levels of meaning depend entirely on the observer's point of view have drawn more than a few painters' brushes over time. This rich volume is dedicated to that multifarious tradition, from early Indian and Persian miniatures of imaginary anthropomorphic landscapes, to Guiseppe Arcimboldo's pictures of the seasons, and finally the works by the great surrealist masters Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, encountering along the way such diverse artists as Francis Picabia, William Hogarth, Leonardo da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Tony Cragg and Kara Walker. Dali, whose work is at the center of this book and gives it its title, came up with no less than seven strata of perception for his work The Endless Enigma, in which parts of the picture merge into ever-new scenarios depending on the individual area the viewer chooses to focus on. A unique presentation of ambiguous pictures that originated in different cultures and epochs, this book reveals the enormous complexity of this artistic phenomenon, underlining the meaning of the method of seeing and discovering.
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Black Rust
By Chad Michael Ward


Premiere New Dark artist Chad Michael Ward has spent a decade entertaining fans of fantasy and science fiction with his evocative work. Dark, moody and often violently erotic, Ward's debut art collection is a stylish and modern look at a parallel future. BLACK RUST is a conceptual art book - a visual feast of images that fit together in a morbid jigsaw puzzle of wires, women and man-beasts to form a symbolic cyberotic tale of love, redemption and death. 96 pages, full color book featuring new and never before seen art. "The sum of gothic eroticism, the Japanese tableau vivant, the modern primitive, fetishism, robotica, sex and religion".
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The Most Special Day of My Life
By Rob Clayton & Christian Clayton

A collection of works by artists Rob and Christian Clayton, both as collaborators and individuals. In tandem, they are known as The Clayton Brothers, producing dynamic, extemporaneous, yet purposeful images, sought after for commercial use as well as by private collectors. Their work is narrative, autobiographical, ethereal and subliminal; culled from memories of suburban decay, sprinkled with the sour irony of truth.
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The Book of Joe
By Joe Coleman, Katharine Gates


Visionary apocalyptic painter Joe Coleman explores in excruciating detail his fascination with the junctions between saint and sinner, sacred and profane, holy and horrifying. Using a single-hair brush and jeweler's magnifying lenses, Coleman packs his canvases with hallucinatory detail. Coleman's subjects range from John Dillinger and P. T. Barnum to outsider artist Henry Darger mass-murderers. This hardcover book includes 150 full-color pages of reproductions and glorious details of his most recent works, plus in-depth keys to each of the major paintings in the book, essays, and a bibliography.
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Yantra:
The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity
By Madhu Khanna, Ajit Mookerjee


The yantra is both a complex metaphysical symbol and a tool of ritual and meditation. In kundalini yoga, the patterns contained in this metaphysical and geometrical construct correspond to the psychic centers of the subtle body, therefore making the body itself a functioning yantra. This book provides a step-by-step explanation of the dynamic process wherein the yantra aids in the spiritual journey to return to original wholeness. Every aspect of this important symbol is explored, from its related sounds, and rituals, to its application in temple architecture and sculpture. The author also looks at its use in both the "black" and "white" magic traditions of the subcontinent, as well as its power as a talisman.
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Visions
By Luis Royo


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Vicious, Delicious, and Ambitious:
20th Century Women Artists
By Sherri Cullison


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Shekhina
By Leonard Nimoy


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Cabinets of Curiosities
By Patrick Mauries


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Rick Griffin


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Original Sin:
The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman


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Hysteria in Remission:
Comix and Drawings by Robert Williams


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Atavistic Avatar
By The Pizz, Robert Williams


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Desperate Measures
By Frank Kozik


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Man's Ruin
By Frank Kozik


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Art Crime:
The Montage Art of Winston Smith


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Mirror of His Beauty:
Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbala
By Peter Schafer


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Seeing Her Sex:
Medical Archives and the Female Body
By Roberta McGrath


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Dustcovers:
The Collected Sandman Covers
By Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman


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Darger:
The Henry Darger Collection
By Henry Darger


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The Bone House
By Joel-Peter Witkin


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Coyote Satan Amerika:
The Unspeakable Art and Performances of
Rev. Steven Johnson Leyba


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The Art of Rozz Williams
From Christian Death, to Death
By Nico B.

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Transfigurations
By Alex Grey


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Sacred Mirrors:
By Alex Grey


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Illuminatus
By Robert Venosa


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Mirage
By Boris Vallejo


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Post No Bills
By Shepard Fairey


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Neurotica:
The Darkest Art of J.K. Potter


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Mutter Museum:
Of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
By Gretchen Worden


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Art and Symbols of the Occult:
Images of Power and Wisdom
By James Wasserman


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Suture:
The Arts Journal
Jack Sargeant


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Funeral Party II
Beautiful Extremes of Life, Lust & Death
Shade Rupe


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Behold!!! The Protong
By Stanislav Szukalski


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Necronomicon
By H.R. Giger


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Biomannerism
H. R. Giger, Various Artists


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The Complete Illuminated Books
By William Blake


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