books ℅ tate publishing
peter blake (modern artists series) by natalie rudd – £14.99
peter blake, for me, is one of those artists whose works i either love or have some seemingly unjust dislike. i don’t know why and can’t explain it. i do LOVE his collections though. that speaks to my heart and soul as someone that is a bit of a hoarder and loves to collect.
this book has a good variety of his work in, and the images seem to be well produced with good colour and sharpness. the commentary is interesting and plentiful, and this (and the images) cover his work from the 50’s up until mid 00’s. the work within is in (roughly) chronological order, but does kind of vary from this. it doesn’t take away from the experience of the book.
being a collage artist myself, i’m naturally drawn to his collages, which i am (mostly) very fond of. it’s his paintings i’m not hugely keen on. i just don’t ‘connect’ with them in the same way that i do his other work. this is of course completely personal and doesn’t change my view of the book. as i said, it has a good variety of all the different media he uses.
overall if you’re a big fan of peter blake, just want to research his work a bit, read some interviews and learn about him in general, or want to learn about an artist that extensively uses many different media, i think you’d like this book, and it’s definitely worth having in your collection.