Two new contemporary art books from award-winning artist Gary Taxali

Internationally acclaimed artist Gary Taxali, whose art has appeared everywhere from prestigious galleries such as the Andy Warhol Museum, to the covers of magazines such as Newsweek or The New York Times is pleased to announce the release of his two new monographs: “I Love You, Ok?” (published by teNeues) and “Mono Taxali” (published by 27_9). These are the first two comprehensive books on contemporary art to be released that span Taxali’s 20 year art career, and are a must have for any collector of contemporary art.

Gary Taxali Books

About the books:

I Love You, Ok?” released last month, showcases one of illustration’s most original stars. Inspired by vintage comics and period advertisements, Gary Taxali tweaks conventional styling and context to cast light on life’s constant paradoxes. Life, love, consumer frenzy, or just that longing for something else – Taxali covers all the bases. Creating vibrant images with consummate skill, his work is bold and evocative. Whether adolescent obsessions or middle-aged angst, Taxali delves into the desires and preoccupations that make us human with his signature and distinctive pop culture style and iconography.

Taxali’s second monograph, “Mono Taxali” officially releasing September 27, 2011 contains many of Taxali’s fine artwork and is a vivid, timeless, nostalgic and a stunning pop culture homage for anyone who is a Taxali fan.

Book release and signing at the AGO

Both books are being released at a launch event at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Wednesday September 21, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. See the AGO Art Matters Blog here for more info on the event. To RSVP: email  rsvp@garytaxali.com or via the Facebook Event Page.

The 1xRUN Combo Release

If you can’t make it out to Toronto, 1xRUN has teamed up with Gary to bring you a special package deal: 1 signed copy of “I LOVE YOU, OK?” and a signed “CHUMP PUNCH” Gocco print. This exclusive duo is rolled together for $99 and drops one day before the AGO signing event. A special note to previous 1xRUN collectors of Gary Taxali’s “Are We Serious” print: the Gocco print in this package is the same as the bonus print to the first 50 collectors of “Are We Serious.”

Gary Taxali Book + Print combo

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Just last week, Gary had a private book signing at the Lady Gaga and Made In Polaroid exhibit during New York Fashion Week at Phillips de Pury on the 14th, along with some of his exhibited works, which you can find on his blog.

Gary Taxali Polaroid

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“Gary Taxali is one of those rare artists whose work is immediately inviting and familiar, yet idiosyncratic and unmistakable …. The illustrations are beautiful both as images and fluid, abstract mark making… Taxali’s fluid integration of both illustration and art, or illustration as art, is a testament to the strength of his vision” - Shepard Fairey

“His stuff has everything I like. It’s original, it’s graphic, it has color and humor, it’s personally symbolic in a way that is oddly relatable. …. There are a handful of people in my life who remind me of what art is really all about” - Aimee Mann

“The attitude is lowbrow yet the work is highbrow … We all know that pop culture is also fine art – and this is Gary’s contribution to the fine art world” - Ferruccio Giromini