For the past few years I've become addicted to the Antique Collectors Club's "Design" series of illustrated books. These slim, handsomely produced uniform volumes are by and large devoted to a nearly forgotten subset of British graphic artists working in the middle of the 20th century. So far ACC has published sixteen entries, ranging from Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, best known for their irresistibly charming book covers and illustrations, to cutlery designer David Mellor, to the posters of the British General Post Office. The latest addition to the series, a volume dedicated to , is one of the best. John Piper made evocative paintings and lithographs of the British landscape as well as designs for ceramics and stained glass windows.Art By John Piper
But, wait—I can already feel another collecting jones coming on. The publishing arm of the Tate Museum is re-launching their "British Artists" book series in hardcover format, providing concise and affordable introductions to the work of William Blake, Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, and others. The most recent entry is on , a contemporary of David Hockney and R.J. Kitaj. Inspired by the Cubists and working alongside the Pop Art generation, Caulfield painted warm domestic interiors, restaurants and hotel rooms, and still lives of tables piled with delicious foods, all rendered in his signature simple outlines and blazingly bright colors.