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Author: William L. Bird
ISBN13: 978-1568982823
Title: Paint by Number: The How-To Craze that Swept the Nation
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Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (May 7, 2001)
Pages: 144

Paint by Number: The How-To Craze that Swept the Nation by William L. Bird



Paint by number pitted the creative against the mechanical, and deeply questioned art by giving everyone a paintbrush. This is a scholarly book and, at the same time, a comfortable read (as are most Princeton Architectural Press books), full of paintings, photographs, and ephemera such as advertisements and package designs, which alone stand as proof that one product can retell a critical part of the cultural history of America. It is a fantastic book for anyone interested in the intersection between art and culture in this fast-changing era. - -Juliette Cezzar. In the early 1950s, paint-by-number kits became, for watchdogs of America's artistic ambition, a metaphor for the commercialization, mechanization and "dumbing-down" of American culture. But consumers paid little attention to such finger wagging; in 1954, more "number" paintings hung in American homes than did original works of art.

Paint by Number: The How-To Craze that Swept the Nation.

William Bird Jr's Paint By Number traces the history of a movement which swept across the country and created many a budding novice artist. Chapters provide plenty of color photo examples of a changing industry which recognized an unfulfilled desire in the common man to be an artist. The gorgeous displays and ads for the medium are compelling, even for the non-artist reader. A Fun Trip Down Memory Lane. The author discusses Max Klein & Dan Robbins, the men who started the paint-by-number "craze", and some of the other artists who worked on the kits. Despite heavy criticism from the art community, the kits were enormously popular in many countries. I used to love doing these kits when I was a kid in the '60's and '70's. It may not be "art" but if nothing else I think people learn a little something about colors, shading and composition while working on these kits. Art by kit: a retrospective.

Paint by Number book. What is the fascination of paint by numbers? Is it the intoxicating. In Paint By Number, author Larry Bird takes us on an unbelievable journey where art meets kitsch and popular and high cultures collide in a collage of home economics, leisure time fun, and art education, Bird revisits the hobby from the vantage point of the artists and entrepreneurs who created the popular paint kits, the critics who reviled them, and the consumers who. enthusiastically filled them in and hung them in their homes. Paint By Number includes over 200 examples of paint-by-number ephemera and two pull-out paintings ready to be filled-in!.

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Paint by Number: How to Craz That Swept the Nation. by William L. Bird Jr. Publication Data. Published March 1st 2001 by Princeton Architectural Press. Physical Description.

Paint by Number: The How-To Craze that Swept the Nation by William L. Bird, Jr. is not a send-up or a spoof in any way, but a serious look at the history of what used to be a popular hobby of the post World War II leisure class. Any fans of the genre, or nostalgic amateurs who have fond (or frustrated) memories of attacking these kits over the Christmas holidays of their childhoods, will enjoy reading about how the kits came about.

Authors: William L Bird William Larry Bird William L Bird Jr William Larry Bird Jr. Sell your textbook. Feel free to highlight your textbook rentals. Included with your book. Free Shipping on rental returns. 21-day Refund Guarantee Learn More. Plus a Special Surprise from Chegg! Learn More. Details about Paint by Number: What is the fascination of paint by numbers? Is it the intoxicating and compulsive act of filling in small pools of color? Or the easy thrill of creating your own impressionist masterpiece? Or a fond nostalgic yearning for a craze that cut across national boundaries and age groups?

Paint by Number, by William L. Bird, J. Smithsonian Institution and National Museum of American History in association with Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. This book expands on the theme, with history of Paint by Number kit producers intertwined with social history of the era, and interspersed with dabs of the genre. Roses and butterflies, he is cited as saying, for men who could have killed me at any time. By the 1950s, Paint by Number had swept the nation. At its height, Palmer Paint was shipping more than 75,000 kits each day. By 1955, the company had 35 competitors.

Paint By Number Kit: Everything You Need to Re-Create 8 Vintage Masterpieces. Paint by Number: How to Craze That Swept the Nation by William Bird. Cabinet Magazine Interview with William L. Bird, Jr, curator of of the Smithsonian exhibit. Collecting Paint-by-Number Art by Doug James. A nice, detailed history of Craft Master and PBNs, in two parts: History of PBN By Deanna Dahlsad. Vintage Paint-by-Number Paintings Make a Comeback - Long article about resurgence in PBN interest from 07/2001.

What is the fascination of paint by numbers? Is it the intoxicating and compulsive act of filling in small pools of color? Or the easy thrill of creating your own impressionist masterpiece? Or a fond nostalgic yearning for a craze that cut across national boundaries and age groups? Invented in 1951 by Dan Robbins-based on an idea used by Leonardo da Vinci to teach painting-the paint-by-number craze reached its zenith in the 1950s but continues even today as paints and kits are avidly collected, exhibited in galleries, and traded on eBay. In Paint By Number, author Larry Bird takes us on an unbelievable journey where art meets kitsch and popular and high cultures collide in a collage of home economics, leisure time fun, and art education, Bird revisits the hobby from the vantage point of the artists and entrepreneurs who created the popular paint kits, the critics who reviled them, and the consumers who enthusiastically filled them in and hung them in their homes. Paint By Number includes over 200 examples of paint-by-number ephemera and two pull-out paintings ready to be filled-in!
Reviews: 6
Pedora
I love this book as it takes my back to the early sixties when I was in grade school (born in 1995). I loved paint by number kits but my Mom wouldn't buy me one for years ( she drew and painted freehand and was very good as were my two sisters) and when she finally bought me one and I finished it, I was so proud. I love the old ads and reading how paint by numbers got their start and how people still love doing them. I myself have been painting paint by numbers regularly for over 20 years. Thanks for a marvelous and nostalgic book with loads of information especially how to care for old paint by numbers.
It is definitely worth the money to buy one of these books!
Xellerlu
Great quality...everything I expected
Moralsa
Reviewed a forgotten memory. When I bring up the subject the faces light up as something
they hadn't thought about for years.
Kipabi
I confess, this book as something of a disappointment, because although the written history of PBN was great, there were far too few illustrations. Considering that PBN really was the 'craze that swept the world', I was hoping to have HUNDREDS (as opposed to a couple of dozen) of original PBNs to enjoy. Not only that, but the examples featured here are already the most well known, so if you're looking for a vintage PBNs 'sourcebook', this isn't the book. In fact, there ISN'T a book. (*I made my own by extensively researching on Google Images and printing out my favorite PBNs, then filing them in plastic slip sheets in a ring binder, thus making my own PBN 'sourcebook')
Zehaffy
Informative book
Kazimi
This is a beautifully-designed, lavishly illustrated, great-looking, smart book - every page a treat - that is part art book, part pop adventure story, part trenchant cultural history and analysis. Without the irony or condescension heretofore prevalent in discussions about the 1950s' remarkably popular and widespread middlebrow hobby of painting by number, William L. Bird, Jr., a curator at the Smithsonian, starts from the beginning and tells all.
Leonardo da Vinci seems to have thought of it first, as a way to teach painting. In 1952 (after considerable work in the lab and at the drawing board) mass culture combined with smart American commercialism to sell eager Americans first, the rest of the world later - this surprisingly controversial and intensely pleasurable hobby: paint by number. The paintings and their deeply satisfying means of production were denigrated by cultural critics - and loved by millions of regular folks - and Andy Warhol, too.
Students of popular and consumer culture and advertising, those curious about a popular phenomenon that provoked the critics of art and culture to attack relentlessly - or anyone interested in reading about the fun of these paintings and how they came to be - will love this perfect book. The author's mind is flexible and fertile; he takes us on a terrific tour. Clever and funny in places, with a bibliography hundreds of articles and books long. Great book.