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100 Illustrators [Hardcover]

Steven Heller , Julius Wiedemann
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15 Dec 2013
Picture this

The biggest players in the highly competitive field of illustration

Culled from our Illustration Now! series is this selection of today s most successful and important illustrators from around the globe. In his introduction, Steven Heller fleshes out the challenging process of narrowing down a field of 600 illustrators to a selection of the 100 most significant. The final cut, including artists such as Istvan Banyai, Gary Baseman, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Brad Holland, Mirko Ili , Anita Kunz, and Christoph Niemann, provides a snapshot of the highly dynamic and diverse world of contemporary illustration.

Features include:
A self-portrait by each illustrator and examples of their work
A profile text about each illustrator by Steven Heller

Lists of selected exhibitions and publications
Illustrators quotes about his/her work

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag; Slp Mul edition (15 Dec 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3836545225
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836545228
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 25.4 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great 15 Jun 2014
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Two hard-back volumes in a slipcase, large scale, disparate selection of illustrators - all given a few pages to reproduce their work.
Enjoyable, but not as cutting-edge or funky as it believes itself to be.
The low price makes for a happy purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustration showcase 1 Mar 2014
By Halves
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It's a wonderfull collection in two amazing books with great full page illustrations of the best contemporary artists.
The price is also good. If you like design and illustration you'll love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Illustrators: Taschen Doing What They Do Best - Deluxe, Comprehensive, Affordable 23 Jun 2014
By Corey Lidster - Published on Amazon.com
Taschen's '100 Contemporary Artists', when I first picked it up a few years ago, introduced me to some of the best and brightest in the post-post modern Art world; Walton Ford, Glenn Brown, Raqib Shaw, John Currin, Daniel Richter, Richard Phillips, and Peter Doig. There were others, but the majority of the artists profiled were of the 'Conceptual' variety -- producing cold, pseudo-philosphical and/or ridiculously overwrought attempts at sustaining the illusion of intelligence. It seems as if art thinks itself indentured to science in abandoning Newtonian concepts of certainty -- every work must exist in a quantum super-position of meanings, baffling the viewer even as they collapse the wave-function of probabilities by viewing it, passing unspoken judgement and forcing the work to define itself. Thus, terrible, terrible art is sold, everyone craving a piece of ugly crap by the clever young artist who is more like a spokesmodel-carnival huckster. If I sound like someone who despises the contemporary art world, I'm giving a false impression; I am fascinated by many post-modern painters and sculptors: the Chapman Bros., Ron Mueck, Ali Banisadr, Darren Waterston, etc., etc. The problem with modern art is identical to that of Literature, Film, and Sequential Art; most of the works produced are crap, mediocre at best, in any artistic medium. In every medium there exists critical con-artists who push undeserving creators into the spotlight, though they are not members of the 7% minority who are truly brilliant. The Contemporary art world is far less likely than the other mediums to celebrate the fakers and posers while the most talented languish in obscurity. This injustice makes finding these artists out feel important and rewarding.
In contrast, Taschen's '100 Illustrators' requires far less searching to find interesting and intelligent artists, every single one a talented craftsman in the old tradition, even though many of them do not use traditional tools. I used to find it strange and irritating that there was a distinction made between 'Artists' and 'Illustrators'; the latter term seemed almost like an insult, a way of diminishing the importance or validity of a persons' works. I've since realized that it's an entirely practical distinction -- Artists create works for gallery spaces, Illustrators create work for print or digital reproduction, often basing their works on the stated needs and parameters of a client. It is often not so clear, however, with gallery artists straying into the territory of illustration, and Illustrator-artists like James Jean and Dave Cooper comfortably straddling the divide. This beautifully produced two-volume slipcase-set is, fittingly, far more impressively designed than the 100 Contemporary Artist set, and feels far richer, in a way. Every page provides you with an interesting new artist (sorry, illustrator) to discover or rediscover. There are many familiar names: Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Eboy, Tomer Hanuka, Jeremyville, Tara McPherson, and Yuko Shimizu, all of whom are popular, exciting and accessible artists who manage to surprise and shock regardless where there work ends up. But most importantly, there are many more artists in this 720 page beast that are every bit as talented as their more popular peers. At 10" wide x 13" tall, with thick covers and heavy, glossy, high-quality stock, this is a heavy set; splitting it into two volumes was a wise decision. A great book, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine survey of worldwide contemporary design. 7 Feb 2014
By ashtangakasha - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderfully cost-effective picture book, as so many non-collectible Taschen volumes are: the illustrations are fascinating and colorful and diverse, and it's also full of interesting text by and about various designers in a broad collection of fields. Two huge coffee-table volumes on heavy opaque paper in a slip case, giving the UPS man a hernia. What's not to like?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Large, Handsome volumes! 5 Jan 2014
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm honored to be one of the artists included in this impressive, diverse group! Wonderful forward by Steven Heller. Beautiful job!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! 24 Dec 2013
By A voracious reader - Published on Amazon.com
I'm familiar with some of the illustrators whose work appears in this compendium, but meanwhile the entire collection is wonderful. Brilliant colors, beautiful artwork, Taschen's always-terrific/detailed printing process and *huge* pages. There are two books and note that they're *very* heavy.
4.0 out of 5 stars 100 Illustrators Steven Heller 28 Jun 2014
By BEWARE BLIND ARTIST - Published on Amazon.com
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A must have for any Designer to help keep up with current trends and other Artist in the Illustration and Design industry.
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