In 2016, a new exhibit on the work of visionary director Guillermo del Toro will begin at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), before moving on to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA). Read more...
In 2016, a new exhibit on the work of visionary director Guillermo del Toro will begin at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), before moving on to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA). This book will be the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition, which focuses on del Toro's creative process, including the well-defined themes that he obsessively returns to in all his films, the journals in which he logs his ideas, and the vast and inspiring collection of art and pop culture ephemera that he has amassed at his private "man cave," Bleak House. Filled with imagery from the exhibit, including favorite pieces of art that del Toro has chosen for the exhibit, and pertinent journal pages, the book will further delve further into the director's world through exclusive in-depth interviews and commentary from notable figures in the art world. Forming a perfect companion to the exhibition, this book will deliver an engrossing look into the mind of one of the great creative visionaries of our time.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
This portrait of Bleak House, the home of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), is pure nerd eye-candy. Salvesen and Shedden have assembled a richly illustrated house tour, with essays outlining how different areas represent different facets of del Toro's artistry. Bleak House is filled with photorealistic mannequins of horror characters and creators; thousands of statues, toys, and props from genre films; various occult doodads; and multiple overflowing libraries, including a room solely devoted to vampire lore. If there ever was a Xanadu for fans of science fiction and horror, del Toro's stately halls fit the bill. The essays, especially one on collecting, are warmly written and welcome, if unnecessary next to the breathtaking photographs. The book's latter half features short written pieces with titles such as "Victoriana"; "Magic, Alchemy, and the Occult"; and "Frankenstein and Horror." There are also reproductions of more classical artworks, tying del Toro's world to that of fine art. Del Toro is known for equally embracing horror films and Charles Dickens (after whose novel his home is named); it is only fitting that in his home, Frankenstein's monster stands among irreplaceable antique furnishings. This unusual portrait of the artist will have readers scrambling to catch up on the director's works; it is an unqualified success. (Aug.)