Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

Inside His Films, Notebooks, and Collections

Written By: Britt Salvesen, Paul Koudounaris, Jim Shedden, Keith McDonald, Roger Clark, Guy Davis
In 2016, a new exhibit on the work of visionary director Guillermo del Toro will open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) before moving on to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA). This book will be the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition, which focuses on del Toro’s creative process, including the well-defined themes that he obsessively returns to in all his films, the journals in which he logs his ideas, and the vast and inspiring collection of art and pop culture ephemera that he has amassed at his private “man cave,” Bleak House.

Filled with imagery from the exhibition, including art selections curated by del Toro himself and pertinent pages from his own journals, the book will delve further into the director’s world with an exclusive in-depth interview and commentary from notable figures in the art world. Forming a perfect companion to the exhibition, Guillermo del Toro: Visions and Obsessions will deliver an engrossing look into the mind of one of the great creative visionaries of our time.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 8/30/2016
ISBN: 9781608878604
Pages: 152
Trim Size: 8 x 10

  • About the Author 
  • Press
Britt Salvesen, Co-Author: Britt Salvesen is curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints & Drawings Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent film-related exhibitions she has curated include Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa (2013) and Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s (2014). She lives in Los Angeles.

Paul Koudounaris, Co-Author: Paul Koudounaris is an author and photographer who specializes in the visual culture of death. His books—acclaimed not only as photographic works but also for their contributions to history, anthropology, and religious studies—include The Empire of Death (2011), Heavenly Bodies (2013), and Memento Mori (2015). He lives in Los Angeles and has a PhD in Art History from UCLA.

Jim Shedden, Co-Author: Jim Shedden is the manager of publishing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he also curates film-related exhibitions. Shedden has also worked as a film and performing arts programmer, writer, and filmmaker and co-directed a design studio. He has lived in Toronto his entire life.

Keith McDonald, Co-Author: Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media and Film Studies at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema, and digital media. He lives and works in York, UK. He is coauthor of Guillermo del Toro: Film as Alchemic Art (2014), which was published by Bloomsbury.

Roger Clark, Co-Author: Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK universities for over thirty years. He lives in York, UK, where he was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. He is coauthor of Guillermo del Toro: Film as Alchemic Art (2014), which was published by Bloomsbury.

Guy Davis, Illustrator: Guy Davis is a freelance concept designer, illustrator, and storyboard artist for film, video games, and television. A frequent collaborator with Guillermo del Toro, his featured concept and illustration work includes Crimson Peak, The Strain, and Pacific Rim. He lives in Michigan.