AM ER ICAN ILLUSTRATION American Illustration 1982/83, edited by Edward Booth-Clibborn along the same lines as his European Illustrationis the first volume of what is to be an annual of illustration from the United States and Canada. It differs from most works of this kind in that, in general, only one work is reproduced on each page, an arrangement which effectively highlights the individual illustration while naturally reducing the cover age. The categories from which the illustrations are taken are editorial, books, advertising, posters, promotion, unpublished work and film. The choice was made by a jury. The book is published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. A short selection from it, mostly in original size, is reproduced on the following pages. Editor American Illustration 1982/83, von Edward Booth-Clibborn analog seinem European Illustration herausgegeben, ist der erste Band eines Jahrbuchs der Illustration aus den USA und Kanada. Von den meisten Büchern dieser Art unterscheidet es sich dadurch, dass eine ganze Seite für jede Arbeit reserviert wurde, was die Wirkung der einzelnen Illustration erhöht, die Auswahlmöglichkeit aber einschrankt. Die Illustrationen stammen aus den Kategorien Presse-Illustration, Bücher, Werbung, Plakate, Ver- kaufsförderung, unveröffentlichte Arbeiten und Film. Die Auswahl besorgte eine Jury. Das Buch erschien bei Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. Eine kleine Auswahl, meist in Originalgrösse reproduziert, zeigen wir auf den folgenden Seiten. Redaktion 'iJO ulo American Illustration 1982/83, publié sous la direction d'Edward Booth-Clib1 selon la conception même de son European Illustration, est le premier volume d série d'annuels de l'illustration des Etats-Unis et du Canada. Ce qui le distingue la ibei plupart des ouvrages similaires, c'est qu'en règle générale une page entière est rése'ie a chaque ceuvre, ce qui la met en vedette tout en réduisant naturellement l' de la sélection. Les catégories retenues: illustration-presse, livres, publicité, affiets, promotion, inédits, cinéma. La sélection a été opérée par un jury. L'ouvrage a paru ix Ed. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. On trouvera ci-après un choix reproduhn majorité au format original. Ea Rédaction •iO'3 .13 J J1D qqi 1) Illustration for an Atlantic record album of music by Albert King. Coloured pencil, crayor id 4Ü* brown ink. 1) Illustration für eine Schallplatte von Atlantic mit Aufnahmen von Albert King. Fartir. .nr. Ölkreide und braune Tusche. 1) Illustration pour un album de disques Atlantic avec la musique d'Albert King. Crayon cou^r. .vuil fusain et encre brune. A burst of long overdue energy shot through the graphic arts community this past fall with the debut of American Illustration 1982j83. Edited by Edward Booth-Clibborn, this is the first jury- selected annual in many years to present, without bias, the new trends and diverse approaches current in illustration produced in the United States and Canada. With an inspiring selection of published and unpublished works, by established artists and talented newcomers alike, American Illustration not only fills the void but also sets a standard of excellence heretofore absent in other collections. As with its counterpart, European Illustration, the uniqueness of American Illustration rests on its celebratory handling of the material, in which the artwork is excellently reproduced as it was originally created, one image per page, on good-quality paper stock. The understated design and intelligent juxtaposition of pictures allows each work to be judged on artistic merits in a manner that makes this a valuable reference for practitioners in all the visual arts. Of most importance, of course, is the work that has been selected. Although there is an identifiable look to American Illustration as a wholedue, in part, to the painterly qualities of many of the pieces includedthe book does not suggest a specific school of graphic art. There are many surprises. The illustrations are as technically and conceptually different as the media are varied. Only a few generalities can be made: A sophisticated wit abounds throughout and personal eccentricity prevails. A pastel renaissance, with John Collier as its most formidable practitioner, is apparent. There is a noticeable European influenceparticularly from proponents of the Royal College of Art who have transplanted themselves into the United States. But, on the other hand, the once prevalent European- spawn mode of American Surrealism, so popular and overused dur the seventies, has been eschewed. There is a fine balance between established and non-establis artists. Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Barbara Nessim, Ralph Stt 1 man, Brad Holland, Alan E. Cober, David Wilcox and James McM-1 lan, among others, are qualitatively represented. Many new devei >- ments by artists, such as stylistic changes by Marvin Mattelson and C v Billout, are well displayed here. It is interesting to note, however, t it two relative newcomers, Vivienne Flesher and Dagmar Frinta, h c more entries in the book than any other artist. Flesher's express, e pastel tableaux are wonderful. Marshall Arisman, whose strikiny painted bald eagle adorns the cover, has the next best showing. On a critical note, impressive as the works by these three are, the j v should have edited them down. An over-abundance of one individu s work in this context seems to detract from the truly best work they Re to offer. One hopes that an overview will be excercised in future. It is unfortunate that there is little presentation from Califoru, specifically the poster artists and collagists based there. In fact, coll e gets short shrift in general. But, all in all, there are many special up-a coming illustrators and cartoonists whose works are included, sue! Philip Burke, Henrik Drescher, John Craig, Alexa Grace, Gary Pan Liz Pyle and Anita Kunz. What is made extremely clear by the publication of Amer Illustration (and the realization of this is perhaps the most signific contribution of the annual) is that an abundance of unique talent id ,1 parts of the country now has a much better chance of being apprecigiJ on a national level. In this way American Illustration will, no dot: enliven the field of illustration. 83 3 .v s n rye :rm [X3 13 ■8® .31 ihr II :ua sD .13J lii .be ni -:I3 ik qq in

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