Electrical Banana

Masters of Psychedelic Art

By Dan Nadel; Daniel Nadel (Text by (Art/Photo Books)); Norman Hathaway (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
Damiani, Paperback, 9788862082044, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 2012

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From advertising and fashion to music and film, the psychedelic aesthetic defined the look of the 1960s. And yet neither the true scope of psychedelic art nor its key practitioners have ever been the subject of a thorough overview. "Electrical Banana" is the first definitive examination of the international language of psychedelia, focusing on the most important practitioners in their respective fields. Compiling hundreds of unseen images plus exclusive interviews and essays, it revises and expands the common perception of psychedelic art, revealing it to be more innovative, compelling and revolutionary than is usually acknowledged. "Electrical Banana" documents the great virtuosos of psychedelic art: men and women whose work combines avant-garde design with highly sophisticated image-making. Launching a million Day-glo dreams, the artists include: Marijke Koger, the Dutch artist responsible for dressing the Beatles; Mati Klarwein, who painted the cover for Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew"; Keiichi Tanaami, the Japanese master of psychedelic posters; Heinz Edelmann, the German illustrator and designer of the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine"; Tadanori Yokoo, whose prints, books and fabrics defined the 1960s in Japan; Dudley Edwards, a painter, car decorator and graphic artist on the London rock scene; and the enigmatic Australian Martin Sharp, whose work for Cream and underground magazines made him a hippie household name in Europe. "Electrical Banana" features a lengthy historical essay and interviews with all of the artists.

About the Author
Dan Nadel is a writer and editor for art and visual culture publications, and an art curator. He is the author of Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900-1969 and Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980; the coauthor of Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art; the editor of Gary Panter; the coeditor of the online version of The Comics Journal; and the curator of What Nerve!: Alternative Figures in American Art from 1960 to the Present at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. He is also the founder of PictureBox, a Grammy Award-winning publishing company.

Daniel Nadel is cofounder of The Ganzfeld.

Norman Hathaway is an art director and design historian focusing on underappreciated design personalities and techniques. He is the author of Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art and coauthor of Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art, and has led creative initiatives for Outsider Art Fair's New York and Paris events, London's Design Museum and Royal Academy of Arts, and artists including Paul McCartney. He has also taught and lectured widely on the history of design and typography.
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