The Art of Charley Harper

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Charley Harper, Brett Harper, Roger Caras Pome­gran­ate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Hard­cover $50 (132pp), 978-0-7649-7229-4

This genre-de­fy­ing spec­ta­cle of color, form, and hu­mor looks like an art book but acts the part of a play­ful, kid-friendly graphic novel mas­querad­ing as a field guide to an­i­mals. A con­ser­va­tion­ist and mae­stro of mod­ernism and en­vi­ron­men­tal art, Charley Harper called his work min­i­mal re­al­ism, but his chip­munks, car­di­nals, chick­adees, la­dy­bugs, and other crit­ters are mes­mer­iz­ing in a mag­i­cally re­al­is­tic way. Not to for­get Harper’s witty, para­graph-length cap­tions ac­com­pa­ny­ing each of the 110 il­lus­tra­tions.

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