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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Aug. 8 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082716
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 22.7 x 26.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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With a couple of minor reservations, I recommend this book as an excellent introduction to the subject of cat-painting. While the text is a little over-serious at times, the superb full-page photos make the book well worth its price. In fact I know of no other book which so lavishly illustrates so many different styles of this specialized art form. However, in some ways the book could be deleterious to the cat-painting fraternity by over-popularizing this rather arcane subject and encouraging ill-equipped amateurs to try their hands; definitely keep this book away from children.
As a veterinarian, I am concerned that the authors did not place enough emphasis on the use of special non-toxic dyes and bleaches. Paint in the conventional sense should never be used and could definitely prove harmful, partly because of the cat's grooming habits, partly because cats are especially susceptible to the toxic effects of paint-removers like turpentine. Even the low-toxicity paints sold for use by children should be avoided.
A little more history of the subject would be welcome; perhaps this is planned for a second edition. As so often with the cat fancy, no mention is made of the dog-world. [Supposedly, the original inspiration for cat-painting came from those dalmatian breeders who paint extra spots on their dogs before shows.]
Highly recommended!
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My wife and I borrowed a copy of this book from her friend. Since then, we have bought our own copy, and FOUR of our friends have purchased the book after seeing ours! What beautiful photography and wonderful designs. This book, for most people, is a MUST HAVE!
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I saw this book at my daughter's guitar lesson studio. I picked it up and just couldn't stop looking at the pictures. Who the heck would do this to their beloved pet--even a cat? Some are just plain WRONG--those with the painted rear ends and the sexy bustieres.
What's amazing about this book is that the authors treat the subject matter in a very straight way--they cover it as ART. It makes it even more funny.
I bought this book as a gift for a cat lover and she is crazy about it.
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By Robert I. Hedges on Sept. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
Warning: This book is not for people who take themselves (or anything else) too seriously.
I love "Why Paint Cats." The photography and concepts are incredibly well executed and clever. The commentary and 'interviews' are the best part of the work, poking fun at everyone involved, especially art critics (fortunately). The authors have the stuffy self-importance of the critical world down perfectly, right down to the 'references', for example: "The artist's depiction of a green-eyed purple cat as a metaphor for monster...draws a clear parallel between the socially noxious effects of television and the environmentally destructive consequences of feline-avian conflict in the urban context," - D. Koplos, The Green-Eyed One-Tailed Spying Purple Parrot Eater. L.A. Art Times, 2001.
The work is startlingly original and can be read on several levels. I heartily recommend it in every way.
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By Geno on Sept. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great coffee table book. The cover draws you to it because you are wondering "Why does that cat look like a butterfly?" Then you open it and there are cats that look like pianos, clowns, fish, you name it! This is a fun book to look at. We have lent this book to so many people. At first they are like "no way" but then they look at it and have to borrow it. You can't just look at one page, you are so captivated that before you know it you are through the whole book! This is definitely a fun book to own, or at least borrow from someone. I recommend it along with "Why Cats Paint" by the same author. This is fun, even for cat lovers (the painting isn't cruel and it doesn't hurt the cats). I really recommend this book! ENJOY!!!!!
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By A Customer on Aug. 13 2003
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved the book. However, I bought two books as a gift for a couple of my cat loving friends. I got the feeling that they didn't look as favorably on the subject matter as I did.
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By P. Was on Aug. 3 2003
Format: Paperback
I got this as a gift for a friend, but I did look at it before I gave it away, and the only problem with it is that it's not long enough. More pictures are needed of the painted cats, but it is a very cute book.
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Format: Hardcover
If Christopher Guest dove into book writing and concepting I'm not sure that even his brilliance could touch the amazing, hysterically funny work contained within these pages. With so many touchy feely works on pets and art, this one is a refreshing work that manages to come across as both parody and respect. I love cats but I also love irony and satire: exactly the elements that Guest so deftly blends in his movies.
I cower at the utter absurdity and genius of abstract art in general and this rare little gem of a book.
Bravo!!!
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