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Cut & Paste: 21st Century Collage [Hardcover]

Richard Brereton , Caroline Roberts
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5 Sep 2011
In the digital age, the original meaning of cut and paste has been replaced with a few clicks of a mouse, which has lead to a lot of computer generated work which looks derivative and unimaginative. In response to this, creatives have returned to using more traditional methods of making images. There has been a resurgence of drawing and illustration and collage has recently been rediscovered. Collage is the next step, the natural progression of illustration, as it combines drawing with the other mediums. It is the fusing of methods that makes for a new language. Increasingly, collage is being used in ads, magazine editorials, fashion spreads, street art, album covers, animation and websites: from the Prada Menswear Spring Summer 09 invitation (Milan) to the editorial of Butt Magazine, from Brahma beer poster campaigns featuring the work of Brazilian artists such as Speto and Giga to posters for the Tate Gallery. The surreal juxtaposition of images provokes thought, humour and understanding, two-dimensional images become three.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697170
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Brereton began his career in the London and New York art markets, before becoming a television producer for the BBC. In 2009 he edited and compiled Sketchbooks for Laurence King Publishing. He currently lives and works in London and is the editor of GRAPHIC. Caroline Roberts is a journalist who writes mainly about the graphic arts, and founder of Grafik magazine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One small caveat 11 May 2013
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I concur with the other reviewers and am finding this book inspiring. However I was disappointed that the dimensions of the original images are not given. So you can't tell if the originals are small or large. For me this is a significant omission in an art book. Hence only four stars. But well worth the money nevertheless and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and creative 24 Mar 2013
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A beautiful book for anyone interested in collage and images. A delight to look at.
Inspires you to create your own pieces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 21 Nov 2012
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This book is great and full of gorgeous collages. I am a student and found it very inspiring. Would make a lovely gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 31 May 2012
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Its great! it is very inspirational, great for ideas and a bit of encouragement to do something! Nice size and good illustrations too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 30 April 2013
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beautifly done.
Full of different techniques and great collage works.
The quality of the prints look very good.
I also love the typography.
Would recommend it to any designer or illustrator.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photography With Scissors? 15 July 2013
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My introduction to collage was through the study of design in the photographic image. Our instructor gave us a series of assignments to cut images from magazines to produce meaningful collages and montages. Having absolutely no background in these areas made this something of a daunting task for some of us. It initially seemed devoid of direction or identifiable purpose.

The objective was to have students broaden their thinking; in fact, to expand their minds in terms of design scope within their images. And the process worked.

Having been introduced to collage and wishing to learn more about it, I found it difficult to identify meaningful 21st century references on the subject. What I needed was a summary of styles and effects which would enable me to develop my own direction and continue the broadening of my thinking. So I bought "Cut and Paste: 21st Century Collage" on a toss of the coin decision that it would be worthwhile, and am delighted with it for my purposes.

With selected image mini collections from 42 artists, there is great variety of style. Some have strong appeal to me. Some do not. It is the subjective range we are familiar with in the arts. For me, the newcomer to the art, it is a smorgasbord. In addition to the likes and not likes, I can see approaches I had never thought of, and without their inclusion in the book, I probably never would have. It is a very useful collection.

I bought the book to assist me in my photography studies. Did it help? Yes; and more than that, it has me wanting to do more collages for pure enjoyment. That is a rewarding outcome for any book on the subject.
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