- Gebundene Ausgabe: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: Abrams Books; Auflage: 01 (21. September 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0811870901
- ISBN-13: 978-0811870900
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 3,2 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 286.076 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Exquisite Book (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 21. September 2010
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamothe are partners in Also Design. Julia is author of the popular blog Book-By-Its-Cover.com.
Dave Eggers is a writer and editor.
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Granted, this book is not perfect, in that the editors definitely should have sent a few pictures back with a "read the rules and try again" note because some artists acted as if they just couldn't be bothered with actually lining up their painting with the page before. Seriously, that's the point of the whole book! Luckily, on balance most DID try to work with the previous images, and in many cases the connections made between multiple images is truly fantastic. Also luckily, even the paintings that are "on their own" are usually good works too. Still, it can be annoying to see a great series of pictures kind of come to a dead end when the next artist maybe uses one tiny line to "connect" and ignores all the interesting possibilities the previous image had!
I'd love to see this project done again in the future with other artists and designers; you really could never run out of things you could do with this concept!
It's a good work to stimulate discussion and ideas which I think is sort of the point of the eponymous game of "exquisite corpse" on which this book is based. I would love to see a similar work executed by fewer artists, perhaps one, in order to see if a clearer vision can emerge. In the end, I liked this book, but just couldn't fully embrace the end result which I found to lean towards incoherence and chaos.
There are a few good visual connections from one page to the next (half of which are shown as the examples on the blog), but much more of it is a disjointed grouping of random illustrations, strung together, but hanging by a thread. Which doesn't make it a terrible book, but it doesn't live up to the expectation created. There's a section in the book where the artists answer different questions about their submissions. Many of them should've been asked why they agreed to be part of a collaboration if they had no intention of cooperating with its one basic premise.
If you're someone like me who does enjoy disjointed groupings of random illustrations, I recommend skipping this one and putting your money toward a Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, or one of the other juried annuals that present a better selection of contemporary illustration. A few of these might turn up there.