Review: Matt Baker: The Art of Glamour

Matt Baker: The Art of GlamourMatt Baker: The Art of Glamour by Matt Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have known of Matt Baker and his work for decades but before reading this book, I knew nothing about the man. Yes, I knew he was African-American, which was a rarity during the Golden Age, but to be homosexual as well was revelatory. His work is head and shoulders above most of his peers. Sadly, heatt disease robbed us of him way too soon.

Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington do a fine archaeological job, assembling the best possible biography of a man whose contemporaries are largely gone and records were virtually non-existent. If there are any quibbles is with some of the organization but that is more than made up for with a wealth of art from across his career.

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