Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

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Overview

Challenging, controversial, educational, and irreverent, the award-winning Spectrum series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today’s culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. The best artists from the United States, Europe, China, Australia, South America and beyond have gathered into the only annual devoted exclusively ...

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Overview

Challenging, controversial, educational, and irreverent, the award-winning Spectrum series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today’s culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. The best artists from the United States, Europe, China, Australia, South America and beyond have gathered into the only annual devoted exclusively to works of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and the surreal, making Spectrum one of the year’s highly most anticipated books.

Featured in SPECTRUM 20 are 300 diverse visionaries, many of them world-renowned, including Michael Whelan, Sam Weber, Donato Giancola, Kinuko Craft, James Gurney, Peter de Sève. With art from books, graphic novels, video games, films, galleries, and advertising, Spectrum is both an electrifying art book for fans and an invaluable resource for clients looking for bright new talent. The entire field is discussed in an invaluable, found-nowhere-else Year In Review. Contact information for each artist is included in a handy index.

Often imitated, never equaled, SPECTRUM 20 continues the freshness and excellence that was established nineteen years ago.

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Editorial Reviews

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In one sense and one sense alone, the 20th anniversary installment of Spectrum is more of the same: Like all its predecessors, Cathy and Arnie Fenner's annual collection of contemporary fantastic art encompasses a jaw-dropping diversity of visual creativity. This year's installment contains works by Kinuko Craft, Sam Weber, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, James Gurney, and many others. A trade paperback original. (P.S. The Fenners search far away and wide for these goodies: Their selections includes art from graphic novels and books, video games, films, galleries, and advertising.)

From the Publisher
"Spectrum is a compendium of wonders-a treasure-hoard of incalculable value. Over the years, these books have provided me with an enormous amount of inspiration: fantastical images that have suggested and enriched my stories. I can't recommend Spectrum enough. Buy this book now and revel in the dreams within."
—Christopher Paolini, Bestselling author of the Inheritance Cycle

"The latest Spectrum annual surpasses all expectations with stunning fantasy art."
—ImagineFX Magazine

"...a feast for the eye and the imagination." —New Times

"[Spectrum] most definitely belongs in the library of any art lover or artist."
—Airbrush Art + Action

"A full color presentation of the current state of the art-charming, sublime, exotic, horrific..."
—Locus

"The best annual out there!"
—James Gurney, creator of Dynotopia

"I’m hooked ... This is a fantastic book." —The Fringe

"If you are a lover of fantastic art this is the ONE book you must have each year!"
–-Mania Entertainment

"A dandy look at the year in contemporary fantastic art ... highly recommended."
-–Green Man Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599290676
  • Publisher: Underwood Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 15.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner are recipients of the Locus Award and World Fantasy Award for Spectrum as Best Art Book. In addition to Spectrum, the Fenners have edited a number of books celebrating contemporary art, including R/EVOLUTION: The Art of Jon Foster, ORIGINS: The Art of John Jude Palencar, THE BEST OF GAHAN WILSON and Frank Frazetta’s ICON, LEGACY, TESTAMENT and TELLING STORIES. They live in Overland Park, KS.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Getting better every year

    This series gets better (and bigger) every year. If you like fantasy and science fiction art both 2D and 3D you'll really enjoy this book. Every year the Fenner's pack more and more art into these volumes and they're always a joy to peruse. The only negative is some of the art is too small but when you pack in as much as they do you can understand the need for economy. I'm looking forward to next year to see what John Flesk will do as he takes over the publishing of Spectrum.

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