Sometimes reviewing is really easy. If you’re a fan of the work of Arthur Adams, you’ll really enjoy this book. If you’re not a fan of Adams, you won’t even consider buying this. So this review is really pointed only to those in the middle ground, those who might vaguely consider buying this book.
If you’re in that middle ground: you like Adams a lot and want to see a ton of rare art and read a career-spanning interview, this is a good way to spend your fifteen dollars. There are a whole bunch of fun pieces by Adams in here, including some wonderful takes on old giant ape covers, and some amazingly detailed and classic pieces of Adams art.
The interview is more of a career survey than an analysis of influences and techniques, but it serves its purpose as a tour through Adams’s career, and serves as a frame in which his artwork can be put in context.
Sometimes reviewing is harder than it looks. This is a very nice 128-page book, with nice art and a good interview. I wish I had more to day about it, but, really, it’s pretty much exactly what you think it is. I like Adams’s art, and I enjoyed seeing lots of obscure and rare work by him. But your mileage may vary on this one.