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Publisher: MX Publishing (24 October 2019)
ISBN (hardcover – special edition) : 0781787054707
ISBN (hardcover – standard edition) : 9781787054714
The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists.
In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable. Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story.
The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story.
For those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted.
The Art of Sherlock Holmes books are curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.
About the Author :
The project was conceived by and is curated by Phil Growick. Phil ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.
“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”
About the Publisher :
MX Publishing is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.
The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School (a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project.
MX’ other project is the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Twinned with Stepping Stones, Happy Life has saved the lives of over 600 abandoned babies in the last two decades. The project has expanded to include a school and paediatric hospital.
Like said in my review of ‘The Art of Sherlock Holmes: West Palm Beach’ these aren’t your typical books which you need to read from page to page.
This edition, like the other, is a book you need to savor by first looking through the art pieces and then maybe start to read the story of the art work you are most attracted to.
For me personally this was Christina Major’s take on ‘The Woman Returns’ as this oil on canvas just jumped out and I would love to have it on my wall in my diner!
This said, there were also a couple of pieces I just didn’t feel like hanging up on any wall, because I found them a bit creepy / weird like Jhina Alvarado’s or Andrea Pérez Bessin’s.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t find them great art, that’s personal after all, but they’re just not my cup of tea.
This said however, it’s still a book review, so maybe I’ll need to go back to the lovely 13 short stories who are one by one great reads that do justice to the original Sherlock Holmes tales.
I’m not going to write something about all of them, but I would like to highlight ‘The Adventure of the Pharaoh’s Tablet’ by Robert Perret, because I do love a great tale about Ancient Egypt and yes, the art piece is one I can definitely appreciate too.
But most of all Robert Perret has a good idea about the dynamics between Holmes and Watson and uses Watson’s voice to tell the tale where Sherlock is just, well, Sherlock.
A bit lofty and with a huge chance he could be put in his place by a cunning adversary, we have a great read for when you just have some spare time to read a great story, but not a whole book!
I definitely recommend ‘The Art of Sherlock Holmes: USA Edition 1’, not only to lovers of some nice art, but also to all fans of this famous detective everywhere.
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