American Illustration 27
Trawling the vast sea of contemporary illustration, American Illustration 27 presents the best images from the past year, from all forms of print and digital media. Of the 7,500 images submitted to the annual competition, by more than 1,000 illustrators, only 382 were selected to appear (one image per page) in this beautifully designed volume. As always, the jury was composed of the field's finest connoisseurs, including Stacey D. Clarkson from Harper's, Paul Buckley from the Penguin Group, Antonio De Luca from The Walrus, Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan, the designers and founding owners of Poketo, and Brian Rea from The New York Times. These experts set the book's tone, representing the best commissions from top, national publications including GQ, Men's Health, the New Yorker and The New York Times, among many others. With subjects and concepts that span the globe and expand the mind, the work in AI27 takes the reader from politics to science, business to fashion, music to celebrity. This year's roster of illustrators includes Philip Burke, Seymour Chwast, Brian Cronin, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Henrik Drescher, Rutu Modan, Harriett Russel, Stefan Sagmeister, Ward Schumaker, Yuko Shimizu, Gary Taxali and Sam Weber. The cover presents artwork by Ted McGrath on a foldout poster that includes a matrix of the images indexed by subject matter and technique in semi-spurious categories that offer a fun and useful map for art buyers and art lovers alike.