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A three-decade retrospective of Ralph Steadman’s caustic, witty, outrageous art, including illustrations from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the other legendary collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson that spawned "gonzo journalism." Illustrated throughout in color and black-and-white, with an introduction by Hunter S. Thompson....

Title : Gonzo: The Art
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ISBN : 9780151003877
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Gonzo: The Art Reviews

  • Deirdre
    2019-06-16 09:09

    Like Bacon or Goya, Steadman's work can be unsettling. Often described as grotesque, bestial, cynical and disturbing, his work nonetheless serves as a poignant, critical, satiric and unapologetic affront to our society. Paired with HST it's magic to capture the frenzy chaos we imagine and transports us. I enjoyed reading Steadman's writing, but was more captivated by the layout of images in this well organized book. Probably the most interesting/dark is "The Plague & the Moonflowers." Well worth reading or (which I rarely say) buying.

  • Roxy
    2019-06-20 13:01

    God bless the public education system for putting a copy of this in my school library in Junior High

  • Philip
    2019-06-14 14:19

    Hunter S. Thompson is the single most important political writer in my lifetime. His perspective is just as explosively wild as modern capitalistic Republican logic.Ralph Steadman meticulously illustrates this path as only an obsessive perfectionist would.

  • Lutino
    2019-06-12 16:15

    Was amazed by this book

  • Stop
    2019-06-02 12:59

    Excerpt: Steadman on Steadman interview (archives)In February, writer Sally Vincent sat down in the home studio of artist Ralph Steadman, 70, in Kent, England for a cover story interview. Below is an excerpt of that conversation, available in full in Issue 26: The U.K. IssueStop Smiling: You stopped drawing politicians a while back. Have you ever been tempted to start again?Ralph Steadman: I stopped in 1987 because it felt indecent to draw someone you wouldn’t ask home for supper. But that was just personal. I thought there was something unwholesome about political caricature based on the certain knowledge that each time you draw one of the bastards it feeds into their monstrous egos, because they always want to own the drawing. No matter how bad the likeness, how hideous the caricature, to them it’s a powerful rendition, fodder for their insatiable egos. The more wicked and cruel the portrait, the more passionately they want to own it, as though they have somehow earned the glory of this vicious, awful vituperation. It is only a one-man campaign to wither the inflated sense of self-importance of our venal representatives. I doubt there’s a politician alive who has felt the draught of my indifference. And no, I’ve never been tempted. I wouldn’t give any of them the satisfaction. Stop Smiling Online">Read the excerpt...

  • Evan
    2019-06-18 16:07

    My oldest son was a Hunter S. Thompson fan back in the day so this lavishly illustrated and beautifully printed glossy book of the art and reminiscences of his frequent co-collaborator, Ralph Steadman, seemed a natural Christmas present for him about 15 years ago. I remember there being a big stack of these on the bargain shelf at Barnes & Noble for $9.99 back when these were going for $20 - $30 each on Ebay, so I said, "What the heck" and bought all five they had. I gave one to him, kept one for myself, and sold the other three for $25 each. I came out pretty well on that one.Steadman's cheekily grotesque art seems like something rendered by splitting the human body down the middle, grabbing the flaps and turning it inside out to reveal the sinew and nastiness, with plenty of splatter and chaos in the wake. I kept beating my brain trying to remember who Steadman reminded me of, and I finally concluded that his work bore some resemblance to the work of the German artist of the 1920s, George Grosz. There are probably other influences or stylistic kindred spirits I'm not aware of. Nevertheless, Steadman's style is truly original. It would be easy to call his work like a train wreck you can't turn away from, but that wouldn't be fair. There is great beauty in the ugliness of his world.Thompson provides an amusing intro and Steadman similarly peppers the pages with interesting reflections.(KevinR@Ky 2016)

  • Brenton
    2019-06-20 08:07

    Ralph Steadman is most well known for illustrating various writings by Hunter S. Thompson. This large volume is a generous survey of his unique artwork from the 60s to the 90s. Steadman's trademark is in creating work that forces you to look at it by way of shock, whether that be by sketching obscenely unglamorous ink caricatures of his subjects or by creating grotesque humanoid figure collages using textbook anatomical studies of bones and muscles coupled with garishly splattered red paint. This is particularly effective when Steadman creates cynical studies of politicians and piggish aristocrats. Overall, the book gives a broad and thorough overview of Steadman's body of work and unique style.

  • Duane
    2019-06-22 10:08

    This is one of the greatest compendiums of contemporary art I own. It has occupied pride-of-place on my coffee table since two hours after it arrived (had to go through it first), which means every visitor to my home sees it immediately upon sitting down. Reactions have been mixed-nobody disagrees as to Mr. Steadman's talent level, though quite a few have wished that he would choose different subjects to skewer with his warped pen. On the other hand, those who have been introduced to the work of this artist and enjoyed it now have the volume in their own homes. Not for the faint of heart, but rewarding to those who look at things slaunchwise through their own dark mirrors of the soul.

  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    2019-06-06 11:06

    To my mind, Steadman's work is very reminiscent of Stephen Gammel's truly impressive, deeply effective illustrations, most notably found in a befitting black and white format in theScary Stories to Tell In the Darktrilogy.

  • Stephen
    2019-06-11 13:23

    Disappointed this book is as close as I can get. Amazing illustrations and insanely inspiring to creation of something real and the idea that it takes collaboration to create greatness. Besides great art, this book contains some great poetic scribblings of Steadman and a few great stories of his friendship with Hunter S Thompson, who happens to write the hilarious forward.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-06-18 12:04

    This is a nicely printed book and has a lot of his work for the price. It also has a lot to read with it, that is pretty interesting if you didn't know a lot about Steadman or Thompson.It gets 4/5 because I'm a big Steadman fan and I feel like a few of my favourite drawings weren't in there. Some I haven't seen was in there though, which made up for it.

  • Cecelia
    2019-06-14 13:00

    I love love love this book and the art in it. Pure genius.Even if you don't agree with every single written statement or every piece of artwork expressed by Ralph Steadman, you can't deny the genius and the creativity behind every single work exhibited here.

  • Roberto Torres-Torres
    2019-06-16 12:13

    This book makes me so fucking jealous. I cannot stand to read it any more. I love Ralph Styeadman's work. he is among my top 3 favorite artists of all time, but his work makes me so fucking jealous!!!!!!

  • JohnErvin
    2019-06-17 16:03

    Ralph Steadman, el cool of the squirting fountain pen. I Highly recommend this great artist. From the 'Grapes of Ralph', to his work on the 'Animal Farm', and all the wine bottles and beer bottle labels he has painted through the years.

  • Iftikhar Ahmed
    2019-05-30 14:00

    outstanding book.

  • Johnnywow
    2019-06-21 14:22

    A great illustrator. Got this and other Steadman books used, and refer to them frequently for ideas, attitude, inspiration.

  • Aaron the Pink Donut
    2019-05-30 10:25

    beautifully complied and thoughtfully written this is a must have for fans of either Steadman or Thompson. The reproduction are top notch.

  • Sam
    2019-06-19 09:14

    A collection of work by Hunter S. Thompson's artist and cohort, Ralph Steadman. Beautiful and compelling images abound in this beautiful collection.

  • Emily Rose
    2019-06-16 16:16

    Great images

  • Amberae
    2019-06-10 15:01

    my favorite tabletop reference. I am mystified by steadman's imagery.

  • Brian Pinnock
    2019-06-15 14:08

    Only for Hunter S. Thompson fans.

  • PanzerBunny
    2019-06-15 16:19

    Its the 1st book everyone snatches off the coffee table. Frankly, i think a book lo-jack is in order with all the shady Gonzo creepers that finger threw my stash.

  • Lachlan
    2019-06-13 10:12

    Favourite - artist - ever.

  • Zach D.
    2019-06-17 09:23

    ART BOOK all steadman

  • Justin
    2019-06-21 09:13

    I love owning this book - it's primarily art, but it's great.

  • Julian
    2019-06-07 09:21

    I have looked at this book and other titles by Mr. Steadman over and over, each time I see something unexpected. He is a brilliant and disturbing artist. Big props.

  • Steve
    2019-05-29 15:13

    just received this for xmas, and i can't wait to give it a go.

  • Elyse
    2019-06-04 12:04

    own it... it's art... can't really read it, though...