Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close

Celebrity Caricature in America

by Reaves, Wendy Wick

  • ISBN: 9780300074635
  • ISBN10: 0300074638

Celebrity Caricature in America

by Reaves, Wendy Wick

  • List Price: $60.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publish date: 03/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780300074635
  • ISBN10: 0300074638
used Add to Cart $7.84
You save: 87%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $30.14
You save: 50%
Marketplace Item
Description: Mae West, George Gershwin, the Marx Brothers, Babe Ruth -- these were just a few of the celebrities caricatured in popular American periodicals during the first half of the twentieth century. This delightful book presents hundreds of these rediscovered drawings and introduces an overlooked type of portraiture based on modern design and a preoccupation with personality-based fame.

Wendy Wick Reaves explores the roots of celebrity caricature in the pre-World War I culture of New York and charts its growth into a fad during the 1920s and 1930s. She tells how caricatures of the famous permeated the press -- Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, the New York World, and other periodicals -- and appeared as well on silk dresses, theater curtains, and cigarette cases. She recounts the careers of many of the masters of the art, including Al Hirschfeld, Miguel Covarrubias, Al Frueh, Ralph Barton, and Marius de Zayas, and shows how their stylized portraits of the famous reveal the roots of a celebrity culture in which, as gossip columnist Walter Winchell pointed out, social position was "more a matter of press than prestige". Reaves contends that this modern caricature -- with its abbreviation, provocation, wit, figural distortion, and dissonant color contrasts -- was a fresh, vivid type of portraiture that captured the essence of the times and influenced other arts. Celebrity caricature had enormous appeal to an audience hungry for emblems of the emerging urban culture.

This book accompanies the first comprehensive exhibition on celebrity caricature, which will open at the National Portrait Gallery in April 1998.

Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Seller: WonderBook
Location: Frederick, MD Ask seller a question
Condition: Very Good
Very Good condition. Very Good dust jacket.
Price:
$7.84
Comments:
Very Good condition. Very Good dust jacket.
Seller: Ergodebooks
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: Good
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$11.64
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Seller: Ergodebooks
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: New
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$30.14
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).