Bliss Express: Illustrating Happiness / by Althea
Hardcover with French-fold dust jacket. 8-1/2 by 11 inches, 224 full-colour pages, premium Finnish art
paper. ISBN 0-9735867-1-0.
21 of today’s most striking pop artists explore the idea of happiness.
From Japan and Korea to China, France and North America, they evoke fashion,
rock ’n’ roll, nature, graffiti, movies, money, sex and Sunday
morning cartoons in tackling a universal question.
Bringing together vignettes, snatches of conversation, artist biographies
and over 280 images, Bliss Express
paints the normalities and absurdities
of modern life. It is a reel of snapshots of the artists’ visions and
obsessions—their unhinged, funny, heartbreaking journey to that elusive
inner state of grace.
With essays by Mark Kingwell, philosopher and bestselling author of Better
Living: In Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Prozac
, and by Eric Nakamura
and Martin Wong, founders and editors of Giant Robot Magazine