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Attached to the Mouse, Disney and Contemporary Art
This is the first art history that analyzes the use of Disney imagery by such artists as Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Warhol, Chagoya, Thiebaud, Helnwein, Boltanski, Dion, Pesanto, Ospina, Finley and many more. This book explores the impact of Disney, including artists’ economic and psychological motivations, on contemporary art. Disney refused permission for any images - their and artists.
LANHAM, MD.- Roman and Littlefield recently published Holly Crawford’s 'Attached to the Mouse, Disney and Contemporary Art'. Attached to the Mouse, we all wear Mouse ears! Or so it has been said. Hi, ho, hi, my prince will come, when we wish upon a star. It is part of our childhood, popular culture worldwide and it is there for the rest of our lives. The Mouse is in museums from Tokyo to Paris, from London to Washington DC. It might be fun to have your child draw the Mouse. Disney will teach them how. But artists beware! This is the first art history that analyzes the use of Disney imagery by such artists as Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Warhol, Chagoya, Thiebaud, Helnwein, Boltanski, Dion, Pesanto, Ospina, Finley and many more. This book explores the impact of Disney, including artists’ economic and psychological motivations, on contemporary art. Disney refused permission for any images - their and artists.
"In her innovative book Attached to the Mouse Holly Crawford examines the appropriation of the iconic images of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck with thoughtful scholarship and spirited humor." - Peter Selz, Professor Emeritus, History of Art, UC Berkeley.
"Enjoyable, brilliant, readable, and enormously informative. The seminal study of how mass media institution "Disney and Art" function in our culture, written with flashes of humour. It's likely to be a premier resource for years to come." - Professor Manuel Alvarado, Arts & Media, City University, London, UK
"For at least a half-century Mickey Mouse, ears and all, has served as one of the most potent icons in contemporary visual culture. The poster boy for everything from cinematic innovation to American cultural 'imperialism,' the animated rodent is freighted with a veritable encyclopedia of inference. Not surprisingly, artists the world over -- and especially Mickey's countrymen and -women - have fixated on the simply, distinctively drawn figure. But however much that (deceptively) ingenuous face and unique silhouette turn up in Pop paintings, social-commentary cartoons, and even abstract sculpture, writers and historians have let Mickey's ubiquity pass without substantial comment. Until now. Defying the perils of post-modernist close reading, pop-culture fetishism, and the fabled wrath of Disney Corp., Holly Crawford proffers an exhaustive documentation, classification, and analysis of Mickey's many appearances in the visual art of our time. Her study fills a gap in the critical history of recent art, not to mention in Mouseology." - Peter Frank, Critic and Curator AC Institutes mission is to research contemporary art history and criticism through different projects. Some projects have resulted in books, monographs, DVDs, and curated projects. At this time all publications are outsourced. All royalties from the sale of this book and others have been transferred to AC Institute for the research and understanding of contemporary art which has included Fellowships for two people.




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