This is a selective list of books on 20th c. & 21st c. illustration in the Greenfield Library. REF before the call number indicates location in the Reference Section and library in-use only.

Books on Contemporary Illustration

Beyond Illustration: The Finest in Contemporary International Art & Illustration.
Patrick Hartl, editor. Publikat, 2009.
741.60905 B468h
Features the work of 24 contemporary international illustrators.
Illusive: Contemporary Illustration. Part 3.
Robert Klanten and Hendrik Hellige, editors. Gestalten Verlag, c2009.
741.60922 Il68k3
Overview of current developments in the international field.
Also look at Illusive and Illusive2 in this library.
Freedom, Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-83.
compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker. SJR Pub., c2009.
741.66 F875p
Unique collection of cover art for Jazz music at a revolutionary period.
Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns.
Michael Perry. Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.
741.6 P429o
A collection of work by over 50 designers/artists/illustrators that draw patterns by hand.
Paint or Pixel: the Digital Divide in Illustration Art.
Jane Frank, editor. Nonstop Press, 2007.
Interviews with artists who work with traditional and/or digital methods.
The Book of Hip Hop Cover Art.
Andrew Emery. Mitchell Beazley, 2004.
741.66 Em36b
Charts Hip-Hop cover art from major albums and interviews with major graphic artists over 30 years.
Swag: Rock Posters of the '90s.
[compiled] by Spencer Drate. Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
741.674 Sw12d
Highlights over 50 studios and artists with over 250 illustrations.
Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet.
Neil Barron, editor. Scarecrow Press, 1999.
REF 700.415 F217b
See chapter 14, page 573 for a scholarly essay on fantasy illustration followed by a bibliography.
The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk.
Paul D. Grushkin. Abbeville Press, c1987.
REF 741.6740904 G927a
With over 1500 illustrations, this book provides a near comprehensive look at rock illustration from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Innovators of American Illustration.
Steven Heller, editor. Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1986.
REF 741.60922 In6h
This book looks at important illustrators from the 1950s to the 1980s.


Graphic Style: from Victorian to New Century.
Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast. Abrams, c2011.
741.609 H367g 2011
A more recent Steven Heller history of illustration form and style not to be missed.
The Poster: 1,000 Posters from Toulouse-Lautrec to Sagmeister.
edited by Cees V. de Jong, Alston W. Purvis, Martijn F. Le Coultre. Abrams, c2010.
741.674 P846j
A beautifully illustrated book of international poster art over the past 130 years.
Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History.
Steve Holland. HarperCollins, 2009.
741.6 H719s
This history traces the evolution of a popular art form from Verne to current media.
Illustration: A Visual History.
Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast. Abrams, 2008.
741.609 H367i
Noted art director, Steven Heller, discusses illustration form and style over the past 200 years.
The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000.
Walt Reed. The Society of Illustrators, 2001.
741.64 R25i 2001
14 decades of illustration are covered through superb color images and accompanying text.
Faces of Time: 75 Years of Time Magazine Cover Portraits.
Frederick S. Voss. Little, Brown and Co., c1998.
741.652 F118t
Portraits in a variety of formats from 1928 to 1995; remarkable for who's been left out.

Illustration for Children

Show & Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration.
Dilys Evans. Chronicle Books, 2008.
741.6420922 Ev15s
A selective look at 12 contemporary illustrators of children's books.
Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration.
Martin Salisbury. Laurence King, 2007.
741.642 Sa34p
This book highlights the careers and work of 36 international illustrators of children's books.
Once Upon a Time: Illustrations from Fairytales, Fables, Primers, Pop-ups, and Other Children's Books.
Amy Weinstein. Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.
741.6420973 W433o 2005
This book focuses on Victorian-era illustrations in childrens' books published by the McLoughlin Brothers.
A Treasury of the Great Children's Book Illustrators.
Susan E. Meyer. H.N. Abrams, 1987.
741.64 M575t
This book highlights the careers and work of 13 English-language illustrators of children's books in the era prior to WWI.
Illustrators of Children's Books. Horn Book.
This series compiles essays, biographies, bibliographies and industry news.

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