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The Ubiquitous Pig
Pigs have inspired writers from Ovid to Mother Goose, and artists dating from ancient Herculaneum to contemporary Hollywood. Taking an affectionate look at the many-sided relationship between people and pigs, this book includes children's-book illustrations, fine and folk art, toys, piggy banks and photographs from museums, private collections, and dealers in art ephemera. ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published 1992)
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Decent coffee table or toilet tank stuff. Charming survey of pigs in culture (Porky Pig, political cartoons, pig racing, ceramics, etc.), mostly, and civilization more generally. Anyone ever see that guy around the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago with the pig tail on the back of his VW Bug and a plush pig sticking out of his baseball cap? I was going to give this to him, but he already had a copy, natch.
The illustrations are the strength of the book. The introduction provides basic info about pigs, but it reads like an encyclopedia. Like so many picture books, the illustrations are identified, but there is no analysis ... no recognition of patterns, no discussion of how the pig is treated in art compared with other barnyard animals ...