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
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.