- Hardcover: 287 pages
- Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; First edition (October 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3899552210
- ISBN-13: 978-3899552218
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Upset: Young Contemporary Art Hardcover – October 30, 2008
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A new breed of contemporary artists is celebrating newfound international recognition
for their style and approach to creating art that is sprouting from and largely
influenced by visual subcultures. These young artists, who are associated with the
widespread movements of Lowbrow Art and Neo-Surrealism, share similarities with
the popular art movements of the 1960s and 70s as well as urban art.
The term Lowbrow may sound self-deprecating; rather it represents a distinctive
artistic composition and technical approach in which art is produced. The Upset
documents this movement and the artists associated with it. Feeding off an array
of popular subcultures, they often draw influences from anime, comic books,
graffiti and street art as well as character design.
The often figurative and narrative artworks featured here employ classical techniques
with great skills to create sculpture, illustration, design and painting with
the use of spray cans, sharpies and elaborate colour palettes on canvas. With
the evolution of new media, artists are also blending these elements with various
disciplines in contemporary visual art.
Many of the artists in The Upset enjoy international fame and are represented
in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. The book also introduces a
selection of promising talent who are breaking new ground, making it the perfect
source book for those interested in fine art and discovering young artists.
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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.)
Amazon really makes what they mean in the shipping options, delivered just in the right time to Brazil.
Don't think too much, just GO FOR IT. I assure that You won't regret it.
it was also really cool to see my drawing professor's work (fred stonehouse). it was a pleasant surprise!