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  • Author:
    Jim Flora,Irwin Chusid (ed)
  • ISBN:
    1560976004
  • ISBN13:
    978-1560976004
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    Fantagraphics Books; 1st Edition edition (October 23, 2007)
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    180 pages
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James Flora (January 25, 1914 ‒ July 9, 1998), best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records during the 1940s and 1950s.

James Flora (January 25, 1914 ‒ July 9, 1998), best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records during the 1940s and 1950s, was also a prolific commercial illustrator from the 1940s to the 1970s and the author/illustrator of 17 popular children's books. He was a fine artist as well, who created hundreds of paintings, drawings, etchings and sketches over his 84-year lifespan.

Flora’s album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns.

Flora Children’s Books. James (Jim) Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s). He authored and illustrated 17 popular children’s books and flourished for decades as a busy magazine illustrator. Flora’s album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives.

The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora (2004) was some book, but it was supposed to be a one-shot deal. Then in 2005 the late commercial artist's family opened its stash-enough good stuff, Chusid imparts, for three more books. The first of those three draws primarily from what Chusid thinks is Flora's best period, the 1940s to the early 1960s, during which he put more wildness and violence into his work than he would allow in his later children's books and mainstream-magazine work.

Since the 2004 publication of The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, the once-forgotten illustrator has . Irwin Chusid, based in Hoboken, NJ, is a journalist, music historian, radio personality and self-described landmark preservationist.

Since the 2004 publication of The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, the once-forgotten illustrator has gained recognition as one of the foremost pioneers of a raucous. Since 1975, Chusid has been a DJ on free-form radio station WFMU in New Jersey. He is the author of Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music.

Start by marking The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora as Want to Read . The book encapsulates Flora's life with a biographical profile, interviews, photos, autobiographical reminiscences, and tributes from Alex Steinweiss, Gene Deitch, Shag, .

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Irwin Chusid, Jim Flora The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora Fantagraphics Books 2004 ISBN: 1560976004.

The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora (2009) A fourth, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, is projected for publication in Summer 2013. Irwin Chusid/Barbara Economon.

Jim Flora (1914-1998) was a legendary album cover illustrator and commercial artist  . The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora (2009) A fourth, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, is projected for publication in Summer 2013. Jim Flora (1914-1998) was a legendary album cover illustrator and commercial artist. He was a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence.

Jim Flora (1914-1998)'s two previous books (The Mischievous Art and The Curiously Sinister Art), are each in multiple printings. Jim Flora (1914-1998)'s two previous books (The Mischievous Art and The Curiously Sinister Art), are each in multiple printings.

The entire Jim Flora Collection (more than music) by Astek can be viewed here. The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora (Fantagraphics, 2007). The exhibit, curated by Irwin Chusid, co-archivist of the Jim Flora collection, will feature dozens of rarely seen original paintings and a handful of new prints, most never previously exhibited. Flora and his wife Jane were members of the legendary Silvermine Guild of Artists, so this exhibit represents a homecoming of sorts. untitled tempera on paper, early 1960s.

by Irwin Chusid 11 x 10, SC, 180 pages, FC, $34.95 The first collection of the marvelous, mischievous album cover art of Jim Flora (1914-1998), collecting most of his known covers. The book also includes rarely seen illustrations and covers from Columbia's "Coda" trade journal and elsewhere.

Clonanau
This book is a terrific introduction and overview of the beautiful, grotesque, familiar and yet shockingly fresh work of Jim Flora. It's pure eye candy, Flora's limited color palette illustrations are brilliantly reproduced in large scale. Essays by Irwin Chusid and others are both witty and informative. You'll come away from this book inspired and giddy.
Zodama
Click on the "look inside this book" and the images speak for themselves -- jubilant, creepy, manic, economical. This is illustration of the first order: it captures a specific time and place and yet is so idiosyncratic and sure of itself that it transcends commercial illustration and enters the realm of high art.

This, the first book on Flora, is probably the most essential, containing the Columbia and RCA album covers as well as Flora's work for the Little Man Press.

The text is intelligent featuring assessment of the work, reminiscences, and stories from Flora (who died in the late 1990's.)

With an Album Cover Discography, Bibliography and Illustration Vita, and Vintage Album Cover Bibliography.
JoJolar
In the digital world, why do books such as this become collectible and high priced? why not keep them published? The collectible prices are helping the author or the publisher... must be a business decision, of course.
Washington
Full Disclosure: I am Art Director for the publisher, although this book was completed before I arrived. That said, this is an incredible and much-needed look into the work of one of the artists that defined the concept of record cover art. A darkly fanciful artist with explosive vision, Flora worked alongside Alex Steinweiss to conceive of what album art should be. There is no way to overstate how important his work is (then and now) and what a shame it is that it took so long to give him his due. Less restrained-in fact, more exuberant-than the revered Blue Note covers, Flora's art put a different face on jazz and classical. One just as accurate but with uninhibited joy in a shadowy world. If you enjoy the likes of the modern low-brow masters (most notably Tim Biskup) you must own this. If you want history on record cover art (which is painfully lacking on the bookshelves), you want an inspiring coffeetable read, or just want to look all hipper-than-thou, then buy it. Fantagraphics has made a beautiful collection in this book.
Rivik
The artwork is original and inspiring. I love the Columbia Record covers from the olden days.