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Get into Current Artists and Art Movements

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The list author says: "The phrase "modern art" terrifies many, who believe that it refers to a type of art only appreciated by art students, critics, and wealthy collectors. However, the past decade has drastically changed how accessible great modern art is to everyone in many ways. If you are interested in these recent movements such as Pop Surrealism and Superflat, this list will get you started collecting current art in books available at reasonable prices. I'm only going to recommend books I have reviewed in person, so expect this list to grow over time."
Beasts!: Book One (Bk. 1)
Beasts!: Book One (Bk. 1)
"This is an amazing collection of two volumes.  Cryptoids (mythical & mystical beasts) are described in an A-Z encyclopedia with a different modern artist's full-color rendition of a creature on every page."
Beasts!: Book Two (New Modern Now Library) (Bk. 2)
Beasts!: Book Two (New Modern Now Library) (Bk. 2)
"The second volume of Beasts!...get both to appreciate the full spectrum of modern artists drawing horror and fantasy creatures."
Juxtapoz Dark Arts
Juxtapoz Dark Arts
"This is a great collection if you like the modern version of the Dark Art movement - art that ranges from beatiful with creepy undertones to fully grotesque, the Dark Art movement is comparable to the horror genre. Each artist was given a small chunk of pages to showcase their work."
Travis Louie's Curiosities
Travis Louie's Curiosities
"Travis Louie was one artist in the Dark Arts book by Juxtapoze.  The majority of his works are of animals and horror monsters in Victorian dress, posing as though for old pictures or paintings. I recommend also finding a certain Hello Kitty picture he painted on his site - it shows his great sense of humor."
Fables Covers by James Jean
Fables Covers by James Jean
"This is a collection of comic book covers, but you don't have to read the comic to appreciate James Jean's amazing artwork. Many styles are masterfully showcased within, including the Pop Art, Dark Art, and Pop Surrealism."
Kindling: 12 Removable Prints
Kindling: 12 Removable Prints
"I can't recommend this enough.  The cheapest set of the most beautiful prints you will ever buy.  Go to the Process Recess website for a video "tour" of the prints.  I've recently seen this show up in the houses of even my friends who don't buy art books or prints.  Also, the guy at the framing store wanted to know where he could get one."
XOXO: Hugs and Kisses
XOXO: Hugs and Kisses
"This is a postcard book of James Jean art.  Most of these images haven't been printed in any other book, and since they're on hard cardstock I found that they can actually be framed very easily in normal picture frames.  That makes this a $10 book of cheaply framable fantastic art."
Process Recess Volume 1: The Art Of James Jean
Process Recess Volume 1: The Art Of James Jean
"Half color art, half sketches in a half-sized hardcover volume.  If you can still find one, pick it up.  Anything James Jean is worth owning."
Process Recess Volume 2: Portfolio
Process Recess Volume 2: Portfolio
"I missed out on getting this one - it sold out too quickly.  If you find one I recommend it - James Jean has never disappointed me."
The Hallowed Seam (Process Recess, Vol. 3)
The Hallowed Seam (Process Recess, Vol. 3)
"Part color, part sketches.  This one has more sketches than the first volume, as well as more realism, figure drawing/painting, and showcases the more abstract style that James Jean has recently been focusing on."
Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
"A yearly publication of current artists and illustrators who created art for movies, book covers, videogames, and other sci-fi and fantasy-related pop media.  With artists ranging from amazing to needs-some-work, it's a great way to keep up with who's who and get some large page prints. James Jean was featured in this year's."
Wall and Piece
Wall and Piece
"Not only is Banksy the greatest modern street artist - so prolific that some believe he is actually many people - but the anecdotes he adds to the images in this volume are hilarious. This is the coffee-table art book my friends enjoy most."