New and "now" – contemporary fine art & graphic art picks

We’ve got some great new contemporary art books in the catalogue this month. Current perspectives in Japanese Illustration and profiles on new artists at the cutting edge, take a look!

Syndetics book coverIt’s all about the image / [Dick Frizzell].
“This is the A to Z of Dick’s philosophy dissembled through 100 or so images that have influenced his point of view…” – (adapted from Back cover)

Syndetics book coverContemporary art : world currents / Terry Smith.
“Diversity – the contemporaneity of difference, not a convergence towards sameness, Smith argues, is what makes today’s art contemporary.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA bigger message : conversations with David Hockney / Martin Gayford.
“David Hockney’s exuberant work is widely loved and widely praised, but he is also an incisive and original thinker on art. Based on a series of conversations between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, this book distills the essence of the artist’s lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface …” – (adapted from Amazon product description)

Syndetics book coverJapanese illustration now / [edited by] Cristian Campos.
“This example-packed overview of contemporary Japanese illustration showcases the works of 100 of Japan’s most successful and exciting artists and designers …” – (adapted from Amazon product description)

Syndetics book cover100 new artists / Francesca Gavin.
“100 New Artists brings together the creatives who are shaping the aesthetics of the next decade. All the artists featured were born after 1970 … ” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVitamin P2 : new perspectives in painting / [designed by Julia Hasting].
“The first volume of Vitamin P, published in 2002, inaugurated a vibrant period for painting. Since its publication, a whole new generation of painters has emerged, some inspired by the artists who appeared in that book, others taking cues from new sources. Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting introduces this new wave of painters to the world…” – (adapted from Amazon product description)