Daddy-O's Book of Big-Ass Art

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Texas A&M University Press, Nov 17, 2020 - Art - 256 pages

Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and with works exhibited at the prestigious Biennale de Paris, New York’s Whitney Museum, the de Menil Collection in Houston, and other venues, Bob “Daddy-O” Wade started “keeping it weird” in 1961 when he arrived in Austin with his ’51 custom Ford hot rod and his slicked-back hair. Primed to study art at the University of Texas, Wade’s coif and dragster earned him his trademark moniker, and the abstract, welded sculptures he fashioned from automobile bumpers in his frat house basement laid the foundations for the distinctive, larger-than-life art pieces that would eventually make him famous.

Daddy-O is the creator of the forty-foot iguana that perched atop the Lone Star Café in New York City, the immense cowboy boots (entered in the Guinness Book of World Records) outside San Antonio’s North Star Mall, and Dinosaur Bob, who graces the roof of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas. He is widely recognized as one of the progenitors of the “Cosmic Cowboy Culture” that emerged in Texas during the 1970s.

Daddy-O’s Book of Big-Ass Art features images of more than a hundred of Wade’s most famous pieces, complete with the wild tales that lie behind the art, told in brief essays by both Wade and more than forty noted artists and writers familiar with Wade’s work.

 

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Contents

Projects and Photo Works
1
Texas DaddyO and BigAss Art
4
Or Claes Oldenburg Speaks with Mark Twains Accent
11
Funny Farm
20
El Paso
22
Pancho and FriendsSoldaderas
25
Malibu Man
31
DaddyO and Daisy Belle
34
Junkyard Dog and Skull
104
Getting Roped
107
DaddyOs Taco Bus
109
DaddyO Wades Saints Helmet
112
Smokesax
115
Response to Warhol
118
Laguna PuttPutt
122
Texas Star
126

Or Stressing Togetherness
39
Neck Neck
41
A Truckload of Steers and Other Critters
43
Bug Lite
45
Longest Longhorns
46
Exporter of Texas Culture
50
Iggy
53
Iggy
58
What Do You Say to a Giant Dragonfly?
62
Frogs
64
The Life of Dino Bob
68
The Hog and the Altoid Alligator
70
The Saga of the Bigmouth Bass
73
Beechcraft Marlin
76
Sky Art Anchorage Alaska Summer 1989
78
Tale of the Longhorn Tail
80
The Nose Cone
82
A Healthy Shot of Texification
84
The Texas Mobile Home Museum
89
Iguanamobile
92
The Cosmic Tale of the Travels of Kinky Friedmans Campaign Hat
95
New Mexico Combination Plate
98
Bob Wades Bonnie and Clyde Mobile Marfa Texas
100
Progressive CW Art
129
Celebrating the Texas Beer Joint
131
Cowboy Band
133
Ranch 616
135
Cowtown
137
Deep in the Art
139
DeepRooted Connection
143
DaddyOs Double Hitch to Roy Rogers
145
The Thirteen Cowgirls
147
Freedom in Being with a LikeMinded Group of Women
150
Cowgirls and Harleys
151
4 Minus 2 Equals DaddyO
156
Worlds Biggest Boots
161
DaddyOs Gallery of Gushers
165
Surviving the Storm Redux
168
Titos Vodka Bottle
172
Totem
175
The Eyes of DaddyO Are Upon You
177
Acknowledgments
181
Chronology
189
Contributors
193
Index
201
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About the author (2020)

BOB “DADDY-O” WADE spent the last five decades making outsized—and often, outlandish—art inspired by the grandiosity and unconventionality of his home state. He is also the coauthor of Daddy-O: Iguana Heads and Texas Tales and other books. W. K. (KIP) STRATTON is the author of Backyard Brawl: Inside the Blood Feud between Texas and Texas A&M; Chasing the Rodeo: On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man’s Search for the West; and most recently, The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film. He lives in Austin.

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