Cheer yourself up this cold August with these hot new art books!
Contemporary art in North America / [edited by Phoebe Adler and Duncan McCorquodale].
“… a unique and timely survey into art deriving from the United States and Canada today… an insightful examination into the styles, perceptions and cultures of this region and its art, articulating varied arguments and opinions that guide the reader to further discussion … “(Amazon.com)
50 British artists you should know / Linda Hawksley.
“Lucinda Hawksley’s engaging survey compares the skill of the Elizabethan miniaturists and the magnificence of the High Victorians with the grit of post-war British modernists and the best of the Young British Artists, whose fearless approach to controversial themes make them worthy inheritors of the great traditions of British art” (Amazon.com)
Unleashed : contemporary art from Turkey / editor, Hossein Amirsadeghi ; essays, Ali Akay … [et al.].
“A sumptuously illustrated A-Z of over ninety of the most exciting Turkish contemporary artists, it contains many exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in Turkish art, as well as such up-and-coming artists as Leyla Gediz, Emre Huner and Ali Kazmal …” (Amazon.com)
I heart design : remarkable graphic design selected by designers, illustrators, and critics / [edited by] Steven Heller.
“… designs as selected by 80 prominent graphic designers, typographers, teachers, scholars, writers … Design triggers something in all of us that may be solely aesthetic or decidedly content-driven, but in the final analysis, we are drawn to it through the heart…” (Syndetics summary)
Illustration now! Portraits / ed. Julius Wiedemann.
“The field of illustration has flourished over the last decade, with professionals working both by computer and by hand… The book gathers together the exclusive (and frequently unpublished) portrait work of over 80 illustrators from all over the world … including Aaron Jasinski, Alex Gross, André Carrilho, Andrea Wicklund, and Anita Kunz.” (Syndetics summary)
Out of sight : urban art / abandoned spaces / [photography by RomanyWG ; words, David Stuart, Patrick Potter].
“Not all art craves attention, some of it hides in the secret places… A diverse range of artists find themselves attracted to these twilight zones and in recent years something of a movement has come to light …” (Amazon.com)