After the famous City Guides, Louis Vuitton publishes in May a new collection of books entitled: Louis Vuitton Travel Book. A new and original approach of travel books somewhere between the travel journal and the sketch book. This collection is launched with four titles: Easter Island by Daniel Arsham, London, by Natsko Seki, Paris by Chéri Samba, and New York by Jean-Philippe Delhomme.
The Louis Vuitton Travel Book collection is an invitation to real and virtual journeys, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people.
Heirs of the Louis Vuitton “Carnets de Voyage” collection, which for nearly twenty years captured the urban adventures of a few illustrators and watercolorists, the Travel Books offer a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep. This fresh approach dares to examine different cultures through the eyes of artists who are unfamiliar with them.
The Congolese artist Chéri Samba shows us Paris; the American Daniel Arsham, Easter Island; the Frenchman Jean-Philippe Delhomme, New York; and the young Japanese illustrator Natsko Seki, London. Each artist confronts an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery. This vision of a place as a blank, unlined page inspires incisive commentaries that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque.
Going beyond the pictorial vocation of these travel journals, the collection highlights the rich aesthetic horizons of today’s art. The creative worlds on show are highly diverse: during their travels, these artists from various corners of the world were free to choose their mode of expression and communicated their views of other places through drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons or manga. Some of the original works born of these journeys, whether figurative or more allusive, have been acquired by Louis Vuitton and will join the collection of contemporary art being put together by the house, enriching it with the diversity of viewpoints represented.
Each year, new destinations and new titles will be added to this collection. After Easter Island, London, New York and Paris, you will discover Venice through the drawings of manga artist Jiro Taniguchi, as well as Vietnam seen by Italian comic books author Lorenzo Mattotti. Venice and Vietnam travel books will be published in 2014.
Numbered and Signed Limited Edition
Each Travel Book is published in a limited edition, numbered 1 to 50 available exclusively in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores. This original edition comprises the Louis Vuitton Travel Book Eastern Island, London, New York and Paris, bound in leather, and an original drawing by the artist printed on Vélin d’Arches paper. The box and leather binding were crafted in the purest tradition at the Opus Manu Factum workshops in Padua. The drawings were printed in the studio of Arte-Jules Maeght, Paris, in February 2013. Each copy is signed by the artist. Price is available on request.
LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK
Bilingual edition: artist’s biography, blurbs, captions.
100 to 120 exclusive drawings per book.
Landscape format : 28 x 19 cm – 11 x 7,5 inch.
Six colors printing, Arctic Volume Ivory paper 150g, silkscreened, cloth binding, bookmark.
This book was set in Futura T, a typeface designed by Paul Renner in 1932
and distributed by Linotype (Germany).
Printed in Italy
On sale in Louis Vuitton stores, selected bookshops and on louisvuitton.com
45€ / US$56
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