Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 years

Fifty artists each pro­vide their own unique take on the long-run­ning sci-fi show in this an­niver­sary col­lec­tion

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To cel­e­brate Star Trek’s 50th birth­day, 50 artists ‘ boldly go’… and cre­ate their own unique take on the show.

To cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the orig­i­nal Star Trek series, 50 artists plus a few fa­mous fans and the late Leonard Ni­moy have con­trib­uted a range of art to this book in dif­fer­ent for­mats: posters, pho­tos, sculp­tures, comic strips, tex­tiles and more.

The most strik­ing thing about the book is its tall, por­trait for­mat (it’s over 37cm tall). This suits the art­work, most of which is cre­ated in sim­i­lar di­men­sions, and it makes you think more art books could try this ap­proach.

When it comes to the art it­self, it’s a mixed bag. We were im­pressed by the pro­pa­ganda-style poster by Lu­cas­film con­cept de­signer Amy Beth Chris­ten­son; the up-cy­cled time­piece fash­ioned by com­mer­cial sculp­tor Sue Beatrice; the fun comic strip cre­ated by Mick Cas­sidy, a char­ac­ter de­signer for Fam­ily Guy; and the dra­matic oil paint­ing of Cap­tain Pi­card by por­trait artist Paul Oz, to name but a few.

But while some other con­tri­bu­tions weren’t to our par­tic­u­lar taste (the word ‘cheesy’ oc­ca­sion­ally sprang to mind), there’s so much va­ri­ety, plus in­sight from the Q&As con­trib­uted by each artist, that no Star Trek fan should be dis­ap­pointed.

De­tail from Mick Cas­sidy’s 16-panel trib­ute to the orig­i­nal series. He had 79 episodes to take in­spi­ra­tion from.

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