Synopses & Reviews
PMMAPS is collection of Paula Scher s large-scale map paintings and chart drawings laboriously and obsesssively createdbetween 1998 and 2010. The book includes maps at all scales, in Scher s characteristic style, ranging in scope from theworld, to maps of India, the Middle East, USA, and Japan, to the local, maps of Washington, D.C., Tokyo, or New York,among many others.Scher s maps are well-known in the art world (represented by the Maya Stendhal Gallery in New York, original drawingsgo for thousands of dollars), and have been published widely, including on the New York Times op-ed page, Metropolis,Harper s and numerous on-line art sites. Samples available for on-line viewing at http://www.paulaschermaps.com/. and on flickr at http://www.flickr. com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157603405566904
"A lavish, formidable large-format volume collecting 39 of her swirling, colorful cartographic points of view, a beeline addition to my favorite books on maps. Cherry on top: The cover jacket folds out into her legendary colorful map of the world. Artful and opinionated, MAPS is a beautiful antidote to the sterile objectivity of location-aware apps and devices...shining with Scher's own distinct, quirky, visionary voice." -- Brain Pickings
"This excellently produced monograph features 39 of Scher's most riveting geographical visions." --The Daily Beast
"The colorful, annotated paintings collected in Paula Scher MAPS offer a world informed by the graphic designer's poignant and incisive commentary." - Travel + Leisure
"Forget about getting from point A to point B and journey through the crazy detailed, deceptively accurate, wild imagination of Paula Scher." -- Communication Arts
In the early 1990s, celebrated graphic designer Paula Scher (Make It Bigger, 2002) began painting maps of the world as she sees it. The larger her canvases grew, the more expressionistic her geographical visions became. Displaying a powerful command of image and type, Scher brilliantly transformed the surface area of our world. Paintings as tall as twelve feet depict continents, countries, and cities swirling in torrents of information and undulating with colorful layers of hand-painted boundary lines, place-names, and provocative cultural commentary. Collected here for the first time, Paula Scher MAPS presents thirty-nine of Scher's obsessively detailed, highly personal creations.