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Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage Hardcover – Feb 28 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Gestalten (Feb. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899553381
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899553383
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 24.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
CUTTING EDGES - sadly only literally July 23 2011
By Bookmark Steel - Published on
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The Gestalten's new book on collage, Cutting Edges, aims to collect the best of contemporary collage work. What started as research for a show has ended up in a over 200 pages document stuffed to the max with images from a large group of artists.

One wonders, then, why it looks like the work of only a handful of artists. The extremely homogenous look of the included work leads one to think that the selection follows a very limited set of preferences, and/or that it is even commissioned. The fact that a lot of the work is from 2010 suggests it.

Illustration is a more fitting term for this work, as style and trend are more apparent than methodology and, behold - content. Yes, nostalgia is a contemporary concern, but when even the digital collages are saturated with 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s thoughtless nostalgia, it is hardly an expression of our time. There is also an annoyingly large number of work resembling classic collage artists from the past, with no mention why or if that is the intention.

Therefore, sadly, the book's title must be understood only literally. The fetish of yellowed paper, torn edges, black and white images juxtaposed with bright colors, small, absurdist jokes, fancy geometrics and slightly risqué images belittles collage to mere formal exercises for the contemporary designer - and nothing resembling the metaphysical awareness of collage as an actual way to open new doors of visual language, to communicate, to capture something of this time with current means.

Out of the several books on collage that has come out the last few years, this one is remarkably unoriginal. I suggest getting the ones from Thames & Hudson, Black Dog Publishing, or Merrel / New Museum, all named Collage something-or-other, then get the books on the individual artists. Because I have yet to find THE essential book on collage. Maybe Phaidon should step up to the plate and release Vitamin C for collage?
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and relevant May 30 2011
By Tine - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
All over a very nice book! + for a great cover and fine paper aswell. Chosing that specific artwork as a book cover is a huge teezer (one of the most interesting in the book in my opinion) - but this book does not follow a specific "style" as you may think from its' wrapping; the book is focusing on contemporary collage and paperworks (professionals) in its' wide sense. An exciting publication that I'm going to look into over and over again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Aug. 17 2013
By Jackartica - Published on
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Very thought-provoking and surrealistic study of contemporary collage. I have been very interested in collage for several years, and this book contained artists with whom I was not familiar. They were wonderful! I have trouble finding books with new & different ideas in collage, this one delighted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully crafted design June 19 2014
By Jeremy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is stunning. The design and quality are 5 star, no doubt. The contents of the book are amazing, I spent hours flipping through the pages the first week I had it. Makes a great coffee table book for a design studio.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cutting Edges: Contemporay Collage Oct. 28 2013
By B. Haldemann - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is just what i was hoping for! Great illustrations. Fantastic photography and an absolute brilliant source of inspirations!