An award winning artist and graphic designer Andrea Mistretta is amazing. Her work throbs with life and passion; it is joyous and flamboyant. But then, so is Mardi Gras! MARDI GRAS PARADE OF POSTERS will be cherished by both art aficionados and lovers of New Orleans. Beginning with her first Mardi Gras painting, an anonymous deliberately androgynous portrait, we follow her focus on the Crescent City with posters running through 1991. For 1998 she chose to give a nod to Mardi Gras royalty with a stunning, eye popping topsy poster allowing the viewer to decide whether Carnival is a king or queen depending upon how the poster is hung. Mythology, as some know, is the source of names for many Mardi Gras krewes, thus 1991 finds Mistretta presenting "a festive fairy called Aerdna" who lures a unicorn to relax in her hand while Kristen, "hovering on wings, aimed her magic arrow to tweak him with the spirit of love." Mistretta has captured the spirit of Carnival in her vibrant colors and the shades of meaning included in her designs. MARDI GRAS PARADE IN POSTERS is a celebration of the uniqueness of New Orleans and those who join in the revelry. - Gail Cooke
I have looked at this book and savor the pictures from it. I lived in New Orleans for 13 years and can relate to every photo in the book. you would actually have to go to that wonderful city and see the Mardi Gras for the first time. i loved when Fat Tuesday rolled around . I could not wait to be in the crowds and be able to holler " throw me something mister!" I have visited Blaine Kern"s many times during the year while i lived there and took numerous friends and they were in awe. … more
The popular poster series presented in opulent color. This collection of vibrant posters contains dozens of iconic Carnival memories from renowned airbrush artist Andrea Mistretta. Glimmering like colored jewels against the book's velvety black background, the flamboyant posters have delighted locals and tourists alike since 1985. Created for lovers of New Orleans, art collectors, and Mardi Gras aficionados, this beautiful volume gathers all of the posters in the series for the first time to stunning effect.