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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Jim Flora, genius
Yesterday I opened a package from Fantagraphics Books containing their latest treasure: "The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora." As those of us wowed by the 2004 Fantagraphics release "The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora" can attest, Flora -- best known for his jazz record covers of the 1940s-50s -- was way ahead of his time. His deconstructed, surreal, grotesque (yet somehow cute) commercial illustrations would not look out of place hanging on the same museum wall with much of what is now hailed as high art.