On Saturday, June 4th, 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco is hosting a book release party for Chronicle Books recent publication “Weirdo Deluxe: The Wild World of Pop Surrealism & Lowbrow Art” by Matt Dukes Jordan.
“Lowbrow” it may be called, but high-profile best describes the cultural impact of this contemporary art movement. Found everywhere from wine labels and high-end bar accessories to major motion pictures (Teacher’s Pet, the upcoming Pink Panther), the visibility of this dynamic work has rapidly increased in the last few years to worldwide recognition and acclaim. Weirdo Deluxe is the first significant manifesto of the genreâ€”a riotous blend of pop culture, street culture, pop art, and surrealismâ€”and includes profiles of and interviews with 23 leading artists and hundreds of outrageous examples of their work. Special features include an expansive timeline, and peeks at the artists’ collections and influences. Weirdo Deluxe is at once a primer and lowbrow art sourcebook as well as a visual homage to pop culture.
Another great book related to this topic is “Pop Surrealism: The Rise Of Underground Art” by Kirsten Anderson (who runs Roq la Rue in Seattle) and published by Last Gasp.