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The new face of collage

Sometimes collage gets a bad rap. It can conjure up unfortunate images of old ladies scrap-booking and decoupaging to their heart’s content, but the art of cut and paste plays a much more significant role in the world than in the confines of the pages of family photo albums and shell-covered trinkets. Influenced by surrealism, constructivism and Dada, the technique was firmly established as an art form in the 1920s and 30s and continues to inspire a new generation of young artists and illustrators who are discovering the art form for themselves for the first time.

Gestalten’s latest book Cutting Edges showcases some of the most exciting work of collage artists working today. Some use a computer but most actually revert to the irreplaceable tactile glory of the hand-made object. And while the roots of collage are an obvious inspiration for these artists, it’s clear that the “innovative work in the Cutting Edges proves that a new era of collage has begun.”