This is African art scholar Ernie Wolfe III’s second extraordinary compendium of vivid and outrageous hand-painted Ghanaian movie advertisements. A selection from his prodigious collection was loaned to Poster House for the exhibition Baptized by Beefcake: The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana. The essayists for this massive tome include Roger Donaldson, Lisa Eisner, Dave Hickey, Glenn Schaeffer, Sid Sheinberg, Roy Sieber, Don Was, and Robert Williams. This volume continues the story of the rise and fall of the mobile cinema tradition in Ghana, as well as the enduring hold these posters have over the contemporary art world. This exhaustive collection of artworks, reproduced in full color, makes the book a must-have for anyone interested in the legacy of these posters.
Ernie Wolfe III is the owner and founder of Ernie Wolfe Gallery in Los Angeles. He specializes in collecting and dealing African art. He began collecting hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters in 1951 when he saw them on buildings in the streets of Ghana.