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The Nancy Book by Brainard Joe

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Publisher : Siglio
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 144
Publication Date : 4/30/2008
Condition : BRAND NEW
From 1963 to 1978, Joe Brainard created more than 100 artworks that appropriated the classic comic strip character Nancy and sent her into a variety of astonishing situations. The Nancy Book is the first collection of Brainard's Nancy texts, drawings, collages and paintings, with full page reproductions of more than 50 works, several of which have never been exhibited or published before. From The New Yorker The guileless heroine of Ernie Bushmiller?s long-running comic strip ?Nancy? is an unlikely icon in contemporary art, recurring in work by postmodern cartoonists like Bill Griffith and Scott McCloud, in an Andy Warhol painting, and in rock posters by Frank Kozik. But no one put her to better use than Joe Brainard, in whose irreverent, effervescent paintings, drawings, and collages (occasionally produced in collaboration with poet friends like Ron Padgett and Frank O?Hara) Nancy appears as an ashtray; a medical illustration; the subject of pieces by de Kooning, Picasso, and Leonardo; and part of Mt. Rushmore. Updating the old ?Tijuana Bibles,? Brainard also gleefully depicts Nancy in flagrante delicto and tripping on hallucinogens. Brash but never bratty, fanciful without descending into preciousness, Brainard demonstrates a visual perfect-pitch equivalent to that of his miniaturist memoir-poem ?I Remember.? Copyright ©2008 Click here to subscribe to The New Yorker From Booklist Brainard (1942–94) arrived in New York a few years after the pop-art movement brought comics imagery onto the high-art scene. Thus, his comics-appropriation at first blush seems Johnny-come-lately. But he was using comics differently from how the famous pop artists did, not for aesthetic philosophizing but for self-exploration. Brainard was gay, and he often placed the little girl star of Ernie Bushmiller’s graphically bare-bones comic strip Nancy, an embodiment of innocence nonpareil, in graphic heterosexual situations for never-specified motives that might have included dissipating the power of what he wasn’t attracted by. He also subverted high-art seriousness and cultural solemnity with Nancy by placing her smiling-bulb face on, say, all the nudes descending a staircase in Duchamp’s cubist icon,  or in Teddy Roosevelt’s niche on Mount Rushmore. He wrote Dadaist “stories” in which he and Nancy interacted, two of which appear with the 53 Nancy artworks in an album that also attests Brainard’s wit and humility. This is hilarious, not—however personal—self-referential, stuff. --Ray Olson