Rube Goldberg Vs. The Machine Age; A Retrospective Exhibition Of His Work With Memoirs And Annotations
Publish Date: 1968-04-01
Author: Reuben Lucius Goldberg
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Rube Goldberg's name is an international by-word. So wide is his reputation, that a dictionary has a definition for his name: (1) a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance; (2) deviously complex and impractical. A pop art historian has pointed out that Rube Goldberg's unique graphic humor complicates the performance of the simplest act by a screwball apparatus burlesquing the machine age and the wasted energy of the poor boobs who accumulate so much baggage for so short a journey, besides having done so much to set the world straight in its thinking about pretentious research, inventiveness and industrial design. This book reveals Goldberg as more than the classic inventor of improbably inventions , he is shown to be a satirist ranking with Daumier and Hogarth in indelible artistry. He has been a dramatic illustrator, caricaturist, editorial cartoonist, humorous essayist, sculptor and unforgettable phrase-maker, with such bon mots as No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney, they all look good when they're far away, I'm cured, I'm the guy, foolish questions, becoming part of the language. His wry memoirs and commentaries add to the enjoying of an autobiography truly unlike any other you have ever seen.