Presenting Shakespeare
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Presenting Shakespeare

1,100 Posters from Around the World

A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognisable shorthand for the plays of William Shakespeare. In the four hundred years since his death, the Bard of Avon's exalted place in the pantheon of theatre and poetry--- indeed, all of Western culture--- is unequaled. As Ben Jonson proclaimed, Shakespeare "is not of an age but for all time!" And just as centuries of theatrical artists have reimagined his works through the lens of their own time and culture, so too have illustrators and designers been inspired to create posters that reinvent Shakespeare's well-known themes for each new generation of theatregoers.

Presenting Shakespeare collects 1,100 posters for Shakespeare's plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia and beyond. A fascinating trove of theatrical artifacts, Presenting Shakespeare is a necessary volume for theatre and design lovers alike.

About the Author(s)
Mirko Ilic, Steven Heller and Taymor Julie

Mirko Ilic is the principal of Mirko Ilic Corp. a multidisciplinary studio specialising in graphic design, branding, and illustration. With Milton Glaser, Mirko has taught advanced design classes at the Cooper Union and currently teaches master's degree classes in illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

Steven Heller is the cochair of the SVA MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program. He is the author of many books, including Iron Fists, Paul Rand, Typography Sketchbooks, Scripts, Stencil Type, and Graphic Style Lab. He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement and the 2011 Smithsonian Institute National Design Award for "Design Mind."

Ilic and Heller have together authored several books, including Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handwritten, and The Anatomy of Design.

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