TASCHEN BOOKS

THE ART OF PIN-UP

One Big Slice of Cheesecake: Pin-up travels the long road from barracks wall to high art.

One big slice of cheesecake, brought to you by Dian Hanson. This extra-large, extra-lush compendium gathers nearly 100 pin-up artists, with showcase chapters for the top 10, including Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas. Each chapter opens with a tipped-in reproduction of an original calendar or magazine cover and boasts original model photos as well as preparatory sketches.

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Formidably sized, The Art of Pin-up is an impressive book that will be coveted by casual fans as well as hardcore pin-up collectors. The top 10 artists are profiled in depth. Each chapter opens with a tipped-in reproduction of an original calendar or magazine cover by that artist. The reproduction quality of the paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches that follow—largely sourced from the original art—invites the viewer to trace the brushstrokes, while the exquisite period calendars, vintage prints, and original model photos document the artists’ creative process. Much of these ephemera were photographed on-site at the historic Brown & Bigelow Company, home to the world’s largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars.

In addition to the chapters on the 10 featured artists, the book includes thumbnail bios and representative art of 85 additional artists, the most complete compendium of pin-up artists ever compiled. All this adds up to a hard-to-beat book on this popular subject.

The editor Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Psychedelic Sex, and Ren Hang.

The contributing authorsSarahjane Blum is an author, cultural historian, and co-owner of Grapefruit Moon Gallery, which specializes in original American illustration art. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Louis Meisel is owner of one of the oldest pin-up and illustration art galleries in New York. He is the co-author of TASCHEN’s The Great American Pin-up and Gil Elvgren: All his Glamorous American Pin-ups.

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      • Hardcover, clothbound with jacket, ribbon bookmark, 29 x 39.5 cm, 546 pages, in cardboard box with handle 

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