Inspiration overload You’ll be entertained for hours as you take in the work of some of the biggest names in modern illustration
These two massive, shiny bundles of inspiration are a result of the Taschen team and American author and art director Steven Heller completing the tricky task of narrowing down a field of 600 illustrators to a selection of the 100 most significant.
“These were the legendary ones, the ones who not only had a stunning body of work, but also played a significant part in the history of contemporary illustration,” notes Taschen director Julius Wiedemann in the opening pages.
What follows is more inspiration in any one place than any artist could wish for. Whether you like abstract, cartoons, impressionist, comic or gothic art, this is an impressive and diverse collection, including artists such as Gary Baseman, Mirko Ilic and Anita Kunz. Each entry starts with a self-portrait, which leads into six pages of the artist’s best work printed on heavy, opaque paper. There’s also a short yet interesting profile of each illustrator from Steven Heller.
The people at Taschen have done a fine job at choosing and presenting the final 100 in these two huge hardcover volumes. It’s a visual treat and a fine survey of worldwide contemporary design.
The two hardcover volumes are presented in a slipcase.