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Art books for February

This month there’s a mixed bag of books on: the recent big Hockney paintings, the latest comtemporary illustrators, the designer Saul Bass, some exciting typography ideas & the fantastic graphic artist Yuko Shimizu.

Syndetics book coverDavid Hockney : a bigger picture / [Tim Barringer ... [et al.]].
“David Hockney (b. 1937) has always been closely associated with Pop Art and California, where he has lived for much of his life. This major study of his work, published to accompany the exhibition showing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, redefines him as an important painter of the English countryside, presenting his recent landscapes for the first time. In an attempt to renew contemporary art, Hockney has returned to painting in the open air, observing with honesty and intensity the scenery of his childhood in East Yorkshire… Illustrated with paintings, iPad drawings and video stills, many of which have never been seen before, this landmark publication confirms David Hockney as one of the greatest artists of his generation.” – (adapted from amazon.com description)

Syndetics book coverIllustrators unlimited : the essence of contemporary illustration / [edited by Robert Klanten, Hendrik Hellige ; interviews and preface by James Gaddy ; artist biographies by Rebecca Silus].
“… Illustrators Unlimited presents the work of cutting-edge illustration talents scouted from around the world. They are working independently from fleeting trends and represent the best of the virtually inexhaustible possibilities of styles and techniques that are practiced today. The book is structured according to the featured illustrators. Each one is introduced with a variety of representative examples of his or her work plus a text portrait written by James Gaddy, a former editor at Print magazine…” – (adapted from amazon.com description)

Syndetics book coverSaul Bass : a life in film & design / Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham.
“Saul Bass (1920-96) is perhaps best known for his movie credit sequence designs of the 1950s and 1960s, including films by Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger. Many of these early sequences and movie posters are characterized by Bass’s signature blocky shapes and quirky type. He is also recognized as a designer of notable corporate identities and logos, including Bell Telephone, AT&T, and Continental Airlines. The only complete book available on Bass, this large and attractive volume covers most of his work and the major points of his personal life.” – (adapted from amazon.com description)

Syndetics book coverTypography sketchbooks / Steven Heller & Lita Talarico.
“Selected by the world’s most knowledgeable and well-connected graphic-design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks. Arranged by designer, this collection of typographic explorations intimately reveals how nearly 120 of the worlds leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words, and provides fascinating insights into their work. Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on screen, this revealing compendium stresses the importance of good typography at a time when reading habits are changing, and celebrates a craft that has endured for centuries.” – (adapted from amazon.com description)

Syndetics book coverYuko Shimizu / [edited by Robert Klanten and Hendrik Hellige : preface by Sonja Commentz].
“The exceptional illustrator Yuko Shimizu creates her work at the intersection of traditional Japanese graphic prints with surreal comic art. Yuko Shimizu’s work deftly melds traditional Japanese graphics with surrealism and comic culture. The New York-based artist and illustrator initiates each project with classic illustration methods. She draws her basic forms and figures with Japanese calligraphy brushes and later digitally supplements them with additional colors and backgrounds… Yuko Shimizu has won numerous international awards and has done commissioned work for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Playboy, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Microsoft, Pepsi, VISA, MTV, and the New York Times.” – (adapted from amazon.com description)

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