TASCHEN BOOK’S 100 ILLUSTRATORS

It’s for a long time been the slightly bitter note of illustration that this art form has often been overlooked and somehow seen as standing in second line behind the classic genres of painting, drawing and printmaking.

But now things have changed and over the last few years illustration has experienced unprecedented appreciation and attention. It is no longer a niche of geeky nerds but has rather become a topic of serious interest and indispensable part of lifestyle, advertising and design.

For all those who want to delve deeply into the dreamlands of visualization Taschen Books has come up recently with a huge and heavy 2-volume slipcase titled „100 Illustrators“. The publication features artists that are selected from the „Illustration Now!“ series offering for each of the illustrators a self prtrait, portfolio examples and a profile written by editor Steven Heller.

Heller together with his co-editor Julius Wiedemann chose the final roster of 100 from a list of 600 possible visual artists and it’s refreshing to see that the assortment is a broad view of the field as it is not limited to only certain facets of this artform nor is it limited to only the big names of the business. Well known and most recognizable pieces have found their way into the book as do surprising newcomers that are standing out with awsome work that is about to leave a mark in the scene.

Back to the general message of the book: it is important to note that the two volumes are not meant to serve as a history of illustration . The focus is clearly on conteporary protagonists from around the globe and thus a perfect reflection of the lively, versatile and trendy work today’s draftsmen have to offer. The bottom line is that „100 Illustrators“ is exquisitely rendered and is both enlightening and entertaining to all readers.

About the editors
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Program. For 33 years he was an art director for The New York Times, and currently writes the „Visuals“ column for The New York Times Book Review. He is the author of 120 books on graphic design, illustration, and satiric art.

Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied graphic design and marketing, and was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. His many TASCHEN digital and media titles include Illustration Now!, Advertising Now, Logo Design, and Brand Identity Now!



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