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A Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman
A Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman
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Joe Coleman, Mike McGee, Tom Waits

A Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman

On sale date: May 7, 2024

A comprehensive monograph of the artist Joe Coleman, the "walking ghost of old America."

Possessed by the spirits that haunt a nation, Joe Coleman paints minutely-detailed portraits and tableaus that present a unique and intensely-personal vision of the world, both hellish and humanistic, seeking the universal in the visceral.

His canon of subjects, a compendium of the famous and the infamous, the dispossessed, the deviant, the damaged and the damned, includes historical figures, murderers, musicians, heretics, writers, artists, and other unshakeable non-conformists, whom the artist channels through paintings so vivid they seem to bear the spark of life. The meticulously-researched narratives contained in Coleman's work—which has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, and exhibited alongside Hieronymous Bosch, Otto Dix, and George Grosz—also serve as an exegesis of the artist's own psyche and history, confronting trauma and celebrating his circle of intimates and acquaintances.

A Doorway To Joe spans five decades of Coleman's career as a painter and visual artist. The book includes reproductions of over 150 paintings, alongside the artist's own commentary and notes on the works, and fully-illustrated themed essays by leading art critics, writers, and artists that illuminate key aspects of his oeuvre. From his earliest work in underground comics, through his time with confrontational '70s NYC punk band Steel Tips, and explosive performances as his fearsome, carnival geek alter-ego Dr Mombooze-o. As a collector and curator of the Odditorium, Coleman's own private sideshow museum of artefacts that trace his personal obsessions with true crime, carnival culture, reliquaries and icons. The book also explores the enduring relationship with Coleman's wife and muse, Whitney Ward.

Featuring an introduction by musician Tom Waits, A Doorway To Joe offers the most complete collection of Coleman's work to date. A funhouse mirror of the world from this most extraordinary American artist.

This deluxe edition of A Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman is available exclusively through preorders on through March 1, and includes a limited edition giclée print signed and numbered by Joe Coleman. Featuring Coleman's 2022 painting, The Sorcerer's Mirror at 100 Seconds to Midnight, this 9.25" x 11" objet d'art is printed with archival inks on 100% cotton rag paper that is both acid-free and lignin-free, with hand-deckled edges, printed by Jon Barli and suitable for framing. Order now to claim yours!

To order, click the "Hardback" button under the cover image and select "Deluxe Edition," then add it to your cart.


"Medieval votive painting recorded the corruption of the flesh and spirit, hoping secretly to mesmerize you into a spiritual center. Coleman achieves a similar effect in his votive pieces dedicated to human foibles and sin. Mankind's downfall from grace—rendered in minute brushstrokes of awe, shock and absolution. Mesmerizing and savage." — Guillermo del Toro

"If P. T. Barnum had hired Breughel or Bosch to paint sideshow banners, they might have resembled the art of Joe Coleman." — The New York Times

"His meticulous, intricately detailed, psycho, eye-candy paintings give voice to a ragtag cast. Primarily a portraitist, Coleman paints intense tableaus of those mired in the suffering of the human condition. Experiencing one of his pictures grips the mind." — Juxtapoz


10.3" × 12.4"