Covered amongst the selections for this month are exhaustive examinations of the work of Mervyn Peake and Edward Hopper and a documentation of young designers at the forefront of style.
Mervyn Peake : the man and his art / compiled by Sebastian Peake and Alison Eldred ; edited by G. Peter Winnington.
“Mervyn Peake was one of the most multi-talented artists of the twentieth century. Best known for his Gormenghast trilogy of novels, Peake was also an author of children’s books, a painter, a war artist, and a poet. He illustrated such classic works as Treasure Island, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Ancient Mariner, Grimm’s Household Tales and Bleak House. This highly illustrated new book compiles a stunning collection of illustrations, paintings, photographs, letters, notebook pages and other material – much of which has never been published – to produce a unique memoir of the artist’s life and work.” – (adapted from Amazon.com description)
What is a print? : selections from the Museum of Modern Art / Sarah Suzuki.
“What is a print? This volume aims to answer that question by exploring the four basic printmaking techniques–woodcut, intaglio, lithography and screenprint–that have been used to create some of the most iconic images in modern art, from Paul Gauguin’s Noa Noa to Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. Illustrated with works from The Museum of Modern Art’s superlative collection of prints, the book is divided into four sections that provide an overview introduction to each technique.” – (adapted from Amazon.com description)
Silent theater : the art of Edward Hopper / Walter Wells.
“Edward Hopper (1882-1967) may be the major representational American artist of the 20th century. In this catalog, which accompanies an exhibition traveling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Art Institute of Chicago, Wells explores the dramatic, psychological intent of Hopper’s imagery, updating Lloyd Goodrich’s larger and more comprehensive Edward Hopper.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)
The art of urban sketching : drawing on location around the world / Gabriel Campanario.
“The Art of Urban Sketching is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel. Authored by the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers (urbansketchers.org), this beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today.” – (adapted from Amazon.com description)
Designers universe : the wow factor / [chief editor, Wang Shaoqiang].
“Artistic inspiration can manifest in a variety of guises, from the work of other creatives, travel abroad, forms found in nature, urban blight, or cultural icons to loved ones. The title of this groundbreaking book refers not only to the seeds of creative growth or epiphany, but also to the output of the highly talented designers profiled within.” – (adapted from Amazon.com description)
Precursor : the creativity watchlist / [edited by Robert Klanten, Adeline Mollard and Jan Middendorp ; text by Jan Middendorp].
“Precursor introduces outstanding young design talent from around the world and documents their most recent work. Although regional creative differences and design traits still exist, the examples collected here show how a new transnational style is currently being established. This work exists beyond current trends and retro looks; its only obligation is to innovate.”
– (adapted from Amazon.com description)