Awesome Gift to Yourself: The Provocative New ‘Gorillaz Art Book’
As 2020 – the first year of COVID – came to a close, we reported that Gorillaz had flown decisively in the face of such a grand tragedy by having a more creative and productive year than any single musical entity really even had the right to. Everyone’s favorite animated band was a little quieter this year, probably likely due to Damon Albarn recording and then releasing his second solo album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, on November 12th. If you missed it, please do yourself a favor and check out the title track and ‘Royal Morning Blue.’
But Gorillaz did emerge again in August, for one thing to pay musical tribute to London’s legendary Notting Hill Carnival, which was cancelled for the second year in a row, but then carried on in a scaled down form. And with yet another virus-plagued year reaching its emotionally exhausting conclusion, we can only say that if you really need something to look forward to in 2022, then do treat yourself to a truly inimitable holiday gift by pre-ordering the new art book called, well…The Gorillaz Art Book.
In partnership with New York’s Z2 Comics, it was the result of the band and Jamie Hewlett specifically selecting more than 40 guest creators to offer their own visual interpretation of the existential meaning of Gorillaz. The artists chosen were those generally working the more provocative end of the creative spectrum, including the likes of Chloe Nicolay, Daniela Uhlig, Holly Warburton, Zeen Chin, Ruffmercy and, naturally, Hewlett himself. But there are also a few special guest surprises, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, French fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, actor and comedic rocker Jack Black, and even The Cure’s Robert Smith all made their unique contributions to this truly monumental project.
“We’re delighted to help bring so many intoxicating interpretations of the Gorillaz into one tome,” enthuses Z2 Comics Publisher Joshua Frankel. “The Gorillaz Art Book embraces the vibrant collaboration that Jamie and Damon introduced more than two decades ago and extends it to an amazing community of transgressive artists. The results speak for themselves.”
The 288-page, high-quality book, alas, won’t actually be available until sometime this spring. But just think of how much easier it will be to survive winter’s chill, knowing that Gorillaz will soon be popping into your mailbox.