Book Review: The Art of Steampunk

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After taking a look at Steampunk Emporium  I thought it would be interesting to see what other Steampunk books are out there. Well – there’s a lot!

One of the ones I picked up was The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan.  This isn’t a craft book in any way; instead the book profiles a number of steampunk artists and their creations.  The book starts out with a bit of information about steampunk, what it is, and how the author curated an exhibit at the Museum of the History of Science in the UK.  The introduction is followed up with an essay on Steampunk by author G.D. Falksen.

The rest of the book is devoted to the individual artists and some of their creations.  The book is mostly focused on showcasing the art, with a brief biography on each artist.  The majority of the pieces (some functional, some simply for display) are beautiful, but with the high level of skill from the artists, the pieces are less inspirational than I was hoping for.  I think this book really seems like an extension of a book found at a gallery or museum exhibit, and less of a stand-alone book to introduce people to the art of steampunk.  With that being said, the book is certainly well-done, and the pieces selected within it are exceptional, and really show off that true artists (rather than crafters) are deeply passionate about this subculture!

Have you picked up this book?  What do you think?

2 comments on “Book Review: The Art of Steampunk

  1. Art Donovan says:

    Hello, Dawn, and thank you so much for the review.

    Yes, you are correct. The book was created specifically to document the world’s first Steamunk museum exhibition and, as such, it contains the work of the premiere artists in the genre. You’ll note that many of the artists in the Museum of Oxford show are not exclusively Steampunk artists, but rather artists and designers who are embraced by the Steampunk enthusiasts on the net. It is said that Steampunk is the very first bona-fide style of art that was developed entirely on the internet and I was such a huge fan myself that I was compelled to physically bring these artist’s works together in one place for all to see.

    Wishing you the Best of the New Year and thank you again for your wonderful review and generous compliments! Best Wishes, Art Donovan, Curator

    • Dawn says:

      Thank you so much for replying! Is there a chance that the show might tour? I don’t really know much about how those things work, but I think it would be an interesting exhibit to bring to other venues… so people can see them in person as well as in the book.

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