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The Upset: Young Contemporary Art Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Dgv (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899552210
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899552218
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like I said in the headline, I more-or-less chose this book based on the cover.
Joshua Davis
Overall, though, I think this book is great, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in alternative trends in contemporary art.
MT
Love the layout as each artist has a couple of pages devoted to themselves with works and text.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 18, 2009
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The Upset is published by Gestalten and I've read that all their art books are edited and designed by designers. It shows. The cover has a nice smooth canvas texture and the illustrations are printed on high quality art matte paper.

Having this book is like having your own contemporary art museum. There are established artists like Mark Ryden, who drew the cover, to exciting new talents. 95 artists contributed to the book. Each artist has a little written about them and there are a few interviews as well.

Painting is the medium of choice here. You won't see any digital works. The few categories of art here are Lowbrow, Gothic, Realism, Illustration, Character, Urban Art, Pattern and Expressionism. While many of the artists are associated with Lowbrow and Neo-Surrealism. Their take on art is one of modern perspective, drawing influences from all sorts of places. Their work in this book is timeless and a refreshing break from the multimedia commercial art scene.

The book might be pricey but it's a satisfying visual treat, great for illustrators and anyone into contemporary art.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Shelford on February 14, 2009
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Gestalten has created a comprehensive survey of the resurgence of figurative realism that is now overturning the art world, spotlighting the torrent of young contemporary artists who view late 20th century Modernism as a dead-end movement that has reached its logical conclusion and exhausted itself. This new avant-garde is pulling off a come-from-behind "upset" as they turn their backs on the conceptual conceits of the art establishment by adopting the skillful execution last seen in 17th and 19th century painting.

In the late 1990s, Classical Realist ateliers perfected their archaeological recovery effort, and now young artists are reaping the rewards by pointing their bazooka-sized skill sets at contemporary subject matter inspired by science fiction, comic book illustration, street art, and other sources. The Upset offers a who's-who of this broad movement with interviews, biographies and beautifully photographed artwork.

Taking the art world by storm, artists of The Upset like David Kassan and Mark Ryden (who draws inspiration from post-modernism's whipping boys Ingres and Bouguereau) are running circles around the current generation of institutional elites who took great pleasure in declaring the death of painting in the 1960s and '70s.

It seems that the dustbin of history has been flipped over unexpectedly, and if the trends documented in The Upset continue on their current trajectory, in twenty years we may find ourselves looking back on late Modernism as an odd interruption in the continuing two-thousand-year historical narrative of Western painting.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cruz on January 16, 2009
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The Upset: Young Contemporary Art

An awesome collection of Lowbrow and Neo-Surrealist artists. Love the layout as each artist has a couple of pages devoted to themselves with works and text. The illustrations are very satisfying and a must for any lover of this art form.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Davison Carvalho on August 4, 2009
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I may say that this book is briliant, from the nice cover treatment to the vibrant illustrations displayed. Is a really great source for inspiration and study. There is a lot of artworks with almost complete informations about it, including the process used in artworks in some cases. A must have for any illustration nerd or maker in this decade.
Amazon really makes what they mean in the shipping options, delivered just in the right time to Brazil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DísaDev on March 27, 2010
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Just love this book, it is detailed, goes wide over and has a large selection of artists. Its my favourite right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Baylog on November 23, 2009
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i love this book so much, it's a great collection of quirky art that happening right NOW!

it was also really cool to see my drawing professor's work (fred stonehouse). it was a pleasant surprise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Sullivan on November 17, 2009
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Excellent book that documents surreal, postmodern, haunting and often times brutal artwork that is a follow up to urban art. From big-name artists like Daniel Richter and Martin Eder to more up-and-coming ones, The Upset takes a good chunk of current contemporary artists and adeptly smears their spray cans, sharpies, oil paints and graffiti-based art work across the pages of this gorgeous, wholly unique book.
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By David Brock on May 19, 2014
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Cool book. I used one of the pieces as a tattoo on my ribs and it gets compliments all the time.
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