Book of Hearts

Author(s): Francesca Gavin

Art & Design

This collection of heart imagery highlights how a universal symbol can be creatively interpreted and constantly reinvented. It captures the breadth of art and design imagery exploring the meaning and representation of hearts. Although the focus is on the contemporary, it also touches on the history of the symbol from the Sacred Heart cult to the invention of the Valentine, from heart tattoos to pictograms. The Book of Hearts is an exploration of the meaning and representation of love and emotion through one of the most recognisable signs in the world.


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Francesca Gavin is Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused and Art Editor of Twin. She is the author of 100 New Artists, Creative Space and Hell Bound: New Gothic Art, and her curatorial work includes 'The Dark Cube' at the Palais de Tokyo. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Elle, GQ, Blueprint, Time Out and Wallpaper*.

What is a heart? Egypt Ancient Greece Christian Hearts The Age of Chivalry Cult of the Sacred Heart Aztecs and Mexico Playing Cards Emblemata Valentine's Day Valentine's Cards The Organ Tattoos The Gothic Heart The artists featured in the book include: //DIY (US) / Antoine+Manuel (France) / Alvvino (Alessandro Maffioletti) (Italy) / Jody Barton (UK) / Emil Bertell (Finland) / Calma (Stephan Doitschinoff) (Brazil) / Craig & Karl (UK/US) / Darling Clementine (Norway) / Brad Downey (US) / Dr Lakra (Mexico) / Duncan X (UK) / Cecile B. Evans (Germany) / Emily Forgot (France) / Friends With You (US) / Tom Gallant (Belgium) / Ugo Gatoni (France) / Genevieve Gauckler (France) / Haniboi (UK) / Kenji Hirata (Japan) / Angelique Houtkamp (Netherlands) / Hvass + Hannibal (Denmark) / Orlando Hoetzel (Germany) / Mikel Jaso (Spain) / Lars P. Krause (Germany) / Paul McDevitt (Germany) / Keegan McHargue (US) / Aleksandra Mir (Poland) / Junko Mizuno (Japan) / Randy Mora (Colombia) / Annie Morris (UK) / Patternity (UK) / Christian Petersen (UK) / Pure Evil (UK) / Emma Rendel (Sweden) / Craig Robson (UK) / Aaron Rose (US) / Robert Rubbish (UK) / Rob Ryan (UK) / Zakee Shariff (UK) / Yinka Shonibare (UK) / Gary Taxali (Canada) / Patrick Thomas (UK) / Antti Uotila (Finland) / Julie Verhoeven (UK) / Renaud Vigourt (France) / Jonathan Yeo (UK) / Jonathan Zawada (Australia)

General Fields

  • : 9781780673318
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : October 2013
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Francesca Gavin
  • : Paperback
  • : 1213
  • : 160
  • : 164 colour illustrations