I ordered this book soon after hearing about it on Facebook and when I got it the first thing that struck me was it's size - It's big and quite thick. The book covers much of the hyperrealist/photorealist artwork that is emerging from a new generation of artists. I think all of them have shown their art at Plus One which is a major photo/hyper realist gallery in London. The chapters are artist based and each has his version of how and why - which is not that interesting to me ( I am a photorealist - look me up ) but the images are outstanding and unlike Louis K Meisel's books the printing is of the highest quality.
Many paintings of classic cars, diners, truck grills, candy wrappers, tin toys, and the eyes of "beautiful" women. I bought this because I was interested in hyperrealist art, but this book cured me of that. A great many of these paintings are just plain hollow, like a very fancy cake made of cardboard and plaster for display purposes. It is all about the technique and not the art at all. I looked at these paintings and honestly wondered why anyone would want to devote years of their lives to painting such things with such relentless details. It's like autism in paint form. It's got plenty of pictures, I'll give you that. And it's big. But I am giving my copy to the library, because I know I will never look at it again. Dead inside.