Edited and published by the founders of Baron and Baroness Magazines, this book collects a series of works that explore the relationship of art with death and how death is represented in Western society.
The third edition of the DEATH BOOK collects contemporary representations of death, in the form of drawings, illustrations and paintings. Before photography was invented, we relied on these forms of visual art. Many visual expressions of death have been used to moralize or romanticize death. Vanitas paintings were made to remind us that life is only temporary and all mortal goods remain in vain. The Japanese Kusôzu tradition of watercolor paintings, which depict the nine stages of the decaying body, from the first moment of death to the final stages, were made to remind us not to give in to bodily desires. Romantic war paintings asked the viewer to fight for the cause. The works included in these pages remind us of our state of life, in ways that are sometimes entertaining and exciting.
DEATH BOOK lll is an art work directed by PZtoday, who designed the book as a Bible / Address Book.
With an introduction by Pernilla Ellens and Lauren Raaijmakers and with drawings, paintings and illustrations by Alicia Gibson, Christina Quarles, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Cantor, Franko B, Hermann Nitsch, Ion Birch, Keith Boadwee, Lin Ke, Mike Diana, Namio Harukawa, Oliver Eales, Patrick Wray, PZtoday, Qiu Xiaofei, Richard Hawkins, Sutapa Biswas, Toshio Saeki, Urs Lüthi, Vittorio Scarpati, Will Henry, Julien Ceccaldi and many others.
Dimensions: 31x20 cm
Number of pages: 86
LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 copies