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I'm not sure how to distinguish between the general homages, the specific homages, the companion pieces and this new page of pastiches: there is overlap throughout and also with the DIY pages.

The spur for this page was finding Sally Swain's Great Housewives of Art for 99p at an Oxfam Bookshop in Edinburgh recently. This prompted me to dig out all my similar books and conclude that they fall into two categories:

Some of the images, the interesting ones, enlarge when clicked this is a personal, arbitrary, space-saving choice.

text Starting with Sally Swain, as the title suggests, this examines the supporting roles of artists' spouses. It is ironic, or perhaps merely coincidental, that later on the day I found the book, we saw Gaël le Cornec's astonishing performance as Camille Claudel, exploited by Rodin, at the Fringe. There is also a splendid American Gothic in the book. text
text From Arty Cats by David Baird and Vicky Cox, based on Mondrian's last work, B323 Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-1943. There is also a fine Duchamp homage. text
text Mutts of the Masters, by Michael Patrick.
The text is wrong on many levels, but Mondrian did have a dog.
text From William Warmack's Composition with Cat: Lost Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century, an elegant piece.
Identifying Mondrians tells us that there are nineteen paintings with one red, one yellow and one blue plane, but none with this configuration.
text There is also a book comprised entirely of Mondrian pastiches by Allesandro Sanna, which we found in the 2012 Rome show, but I'm not getting that until my birthday. text

I regret to say that the Mondrian pastiche is rarely the strongest work in the book, although Warmack's is pretty good.

As noted above, the Wehrli does not fit into either of my categories.

text From Ursus Wehrli, a frighteningly clever book concerned with tidying up art. As advised elsewhere, do not buy the English version of this which is out of print and sells for £00s, get the German version, still on sale. text

Now the craft, DIY section.

text A book of knitting patterns, the results modelled by various minor British TV celebrities of the time, Knitting Masterpieces by Ruth Herring and Karen Manners. There are two Mondrian offerings I will try to identify later. text text
text Magic Carpets, by Melinda Coss and Sylvie Soudan is a surprisingly sophisticated book, offering a Constructivist rug and mentioning Mondrian in that context. The result is more von Doesburg than Mondrian. text text
text Prosaically, Churchill's Paint your own Masterpiece tells you how to recreate numerous famous works.
More details here.

Ball and Campbell's Master Pieces is probably the most imaginative collection here. Unfortunately they missed a trick in not including Mondrian's self-made furniture.

text The book contains several remarkable pieces. The one I'm showing is based on the 1836 Portrait of John and Abigail Montgomery by Joseph H. Davis. Other winners include a sideboard from Picasso's Still Life on a Sideboard and the chair from Matisse's Red Studio.

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