“I hope you enjoy what you see in this book. Please look closely at the photos. If you do, thy will make you laugh. If you look closer, they will make you feel. And if you look closer still, they will break your heart.” – from the foreword by James Gunn
The art of Dennis Larkins ranges from retro-kitsch paintings of multi-dimensional landscapes to his legendary and iconic series of Grateful Dead concert posters. Larkins' images were forever burned into the pop psyche by the groundbreaking stage monoliths he created for promoter Bill Graham. At last, here is a definitive collection of Larkins' works – four decades of his creative growth and expression distilled in to a gorgeous, full-color hardcover. Startling Art is an in-depth look at an artist immersed in the visual vernacular of pop surrealism, uniquely drawn from a life lived in the trenches of pop culture.
Few art forms have gone as unchanged and unrespected for as long as sequential art, yet none has had as tremendous an impact as the superhero comic book. Veritable templates for inspiration, comic book superheroes are the post-modern mythology, awakening generations of global youth while reflecting the society that spawned them. More than just dynamic illustrations on a page, the comic book is a medium that tells stories, and by presenting an exhibition that celebrates the collaborations of the greatest storytellers, the intention of this exhibition is to open a serious dialogue on the importance of this art form.