FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann

FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann

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Title: FANTASTICA: The World of Leo Bensemann
Author(s): SIMPSON, Peter
Category: Art
New / Used: Used
Book Type: Large hardcover
Published: 2011
Published By: Auckland University Press
Edition: 1st edition
Pages: 222
Size (mm): 21 w x 25 h x 2 d
Weight (kg): 1.1kg

Condition

As new with small marks and creasing inside front and rear end papers including the first front pages. Images depict all need to know detail.

RRP new $299, priced accordingly.

About

Fantastica is the first book to survey the life and work of Leo Bensemann (1912-1986), one of the most remarkable New Zealanders of his generation.

Accomplished in many fields - drawing, painting, printmaking, music, calligraphy, typography, book design and illustration, editing, printing, publishing - Leo Bensemann stood at the heart of our literary and cultural life from the '30s to the '50s, as designer and illustrator at Caxton Press, member of The Group, and friend of Charles Brasch, Rita Angus, Douglas Lilburn, Lawrence Baigent, Denis Glover, and Doris Lusk. In the period when Christchurch was the leading centre for literature, theatre, music and the visual arts, Leo Bensemann, through his activities and relationships, was in the thick of it. Fantastica provides new insight into that cultural scene and also reveals the depth of Bensemann's work. His art and design - witty, mysterious, highly literate and allusive, fantastical in style and subject - contrasted dramatically with the prevailing fashion for realism and regional landscape, establishing him as a challenging outsider within New Zealand art.

A distillation of 30 years research and illustrated throughout, Fantastica lets us inside Bensemann's world and provides a new window into the art and culture of twentieth-century New Zealand.

Illustrated throughout with 150 colour photos.

Out of print and increasingly hard to find.

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