His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout Italy as well as internationally. His most important shows include exhibitions at the Vigado Gallery in Budapest (1996), the Hyperion Gallery in Turin (1999), the Castello in Belgioioso (2001), and the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York (2004), which also continuously featured his work in exhibitions between 2006 and 2012. He taught for twelve years at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, and currently teaches at ISIA Urbino. He is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, both in Italy and in the United States, including gold medal for best illustrated children’s book of the year from the American magazine 3×3 (2006) and the gold medal in the book category from Communication Arts (2009). He has worked with American Airlines for several years, illustrating some of their most famous campaigns, and is a longstanding contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He currently contributes to the Corriere della Sera and the Courrier International, in addition to pursuing his own highly personal projects—such as completing rigorously blackand-red illustrations for a copy of the Bible he found on the streets of Manhattan.
In this first monograph on the work of Beppe Giacobbe, the artist reminds us that “illustration is a service”. His ironic, conceptual, provocative, and ambivalent drawings are a testament to his unparalleled visual problem-solving skills. Like a film soundtrack, Giacobbe’s illustrations set the tone of a text, signaling its potential tensions, contradictions, or problems: we see an Orthodox Jew perched atop a roll of barbed wire, an astronaut carrying a bucket containing the entire universe, a sports car with snails where there would normally be wheels. With great simplicity and lightness, Beppe Giacobbe offers a worldview that invites us to reflect on the current state of things.
This collection of over 250 illustrations is subdivided into key topics—alienation, hope, identity, etc.—and sorted alphabetically like a visual dictionary. The book’s user friendliness remains faithful to the concept of service, such that the reader gains a better understanding of the artist’s point of view and the origins of his figurative style, which has garnered him widespread esteem and continues to win over new fans from the up-and-coming generation.
Texts by Gianluigi Colin, Paolo Di Stefano, Edgardo Franzosini, Marina Mander Interview by Matteo Bologna Book design by Pitis
21 × 25,5 cm (8 ½ × 10″) 288 pages More than 250 illustrations Softcover English/Italian Isbn 97-888-98030-04-0 First published December 2013