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The Exquisite Book Tour

I have a lovely book to share with you this morning. Julie Rothman and Chronicle Books asked me to participate in a book tour and I couldn’t resist – I am a fan of Julia’s work and so naturally I’m happy to see her new title, The Exquisite Book, published by Chronicle. It is so stunning, interesting and altogether a fun book to add to your collection of fantastic art books. What I mean by “fun” is that it’s not your typical art book – the pages fold out for one and there’s not a lot of blah blah text — which is nice for a change — you are free to interpret as you please and simply sit back and enjoy the stunning visuals. What makes it so interesting to me, which will be explained more in detail below, is that the book is loosely based on a game started by Surrealists in the 20’s called the Exquisite Corpse.

Exquisite Book Tour

Julia’s version of this game brings together 100 of today’s hottest indie illustrators, artists, designers and comic artists that so many of us know and love like Jill Bliss, Lisa Congdon, Camilla Engman, Matt Stephens, Susie Ghahremani, Irina Troitskaya, Mike Perry, Caitlin Keegan, Lab Partners, Betsy Walton and many more.

The Exquisite Book

Now here is that detailed explanation of how the book works that I promised, “There are ten groups of ten artists participating in the process. Each artist is contributing one page to the book. The first artist was given a few words to inspire their drawing. Each of the following artists saw only the page that immediately precedes their own. Each artist is using images (and optionally, words) to create their continuation to the story, and the inspiration for the next artist in line. Besides continuing the story of the last artist, there is another, more visual, connection between the pages. Each artist has a horizon line in their image that starts on the left side of the page and ends on the right. Where the horizon line of the first artist’s page ends, is where it begins for the next artist. (The horizon line part has been very loose and it has been exciting to see how everyone interprets it.)”

The Exquisite Book

If you think it sounds cool, well I own the book (thanks, Julia!) and well, it IS cool. I spent at least an hour looking through it and trying REALLY HARD to not remove the gorgeous pages and frame them – ha ha – the amazing work oozes from this book is positively awesome. Thankfully, Julia told me a few days ago that they’ve set up a shop where the art from the book is being sold as prints – yay! You can buy whatever you see in the book that tickles your fancy right here.

The Exquisite Book

You can also watch a video about The Exquisite Book here or purchase a copy for yourself here on the Chronicle website — PROMO OFFER: Get 25% off AND free shipping (in the U.S.) with Promo Code EXQ if you buy from Chronicle Books directly. Weeeee!

Congrats Julia and to your co-authors Jenny Volvovski,, Matt Lamothe, Dave Eggers! Way to go and much success to you all — this book is a job well done!

(images: the exquisite book)

Posted by decor8 in Books + Magazines on October 29, 2010

Your comments...

  1. Jem commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 11:30am

    How gorgeous are the owls peeping out from behind the trees! The concept of the book is so original :-)
    Jem´s last blog post ..Silver Victorian Locket

  2. Tania commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 12:17pm

    Oh Holly this book is exquisite! It features many of my favorite artists all wrapped up in a lovely package. The discount is just icing on an already lovely cupcake. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  3. Emily@theNest commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 12:44pm

    Oh wow, what a gorgeous book…a must to add to my Santa list…for me :-) !
    Delicious pictures, as always! Thank you!!
    Emily@theNest´s last blog post ..Saturdays On The Ranch

  4. karina commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 1:00pm

    Divine book!!!!
    karina´s last blog post ..In my garden

  5. Suzette commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 2:20pm

    Love it – bought it straight away :-)
    Suzette´s last blog post ..Et plaster på det sorte sår

  6. laura trevey commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 3:19pm

    So colorful and fun! I love it ~~
    laura trevey´s last blog post ..Beautiful Living – Favorite Cozy Spot

  7. Sonya McCllough commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 4:04pm

    what an effort and well worth the work … a major production of paper and print … and the music is in the fold out and turn of each page.
    Sonya McCllough´s last blog post ..I AM one

  8. Jessica commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 5:32pm

    Wow. Very pretty!

  9. alex commented
    October 29th, 2010 at 6:23pm

    what a fabulous idea! Just ordered it as an early xmas present to myself :) Can’t wait to go through it and be inspired!!!

  10. handmadesunday commented
    October 30th, 2010 at 2:12am

    Great concept and amazing images, as always! The quality looks real nice too! Will there be more? Seems worth collecting :)
    handmadesunday´s last blog post ..Flamboyance in detail

  11. Simony @ Art and Life commented
    October 30th, 2010 at 3:43am

    I loved this book.
    I play this game with my 2 kids when we travel and spend hours at the airport and airplanes. One starts a drawing and the other add something and we keep going on until there’s no more to be added. Always ends in a very surprisingly way.

  12. Manuela De Simone commented
    October 30th, 2010 at 8:17am

    Lovely book! I want to buy it right now and add it to my artbook collection! :D
    Manuela De Simone´s last blog post ..Decor8 Calendar 2011 Feature

  13. Seth commented
    October 30th, 2010 at 4:23pm

    I have always loved the concept of The Exquisite Corpse and this is such a fascinating way to present it. I am off to Chronicle to buy one now. Thanks for the heads up!!
    Seth´s last blog post ..Audience Participation

  14. Kiran commented
    October 31st, 2010 at 4:21am

    Beautiful arts! I want to frame it on a canvas :) Great Christmas gift idea as well.

  15. hena tayeb commented
    November 1st, 2010 at 8:53pm

    wow dis is so gorgeoud.. what amazing eye candy
    hena tayeb´s last blog post ..Its been 122 days and counting

  16. Molly Michel commented
    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:11pm

    I love this (and already ordered a copy)! We used to do something like this in art school when I studied printmaking. Those collections are some of my most treasured books.

  17. dri commented
    February 20th, 2011 at 8:03am

    LOVE this book. Just got it. brilliant.

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