Colour me happy: RxArt’s fifth colouring book features cover art and stickers by John Baldessari

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This year's edition includes a John Baldessari cover and stickers, along with 52 contemporary art works waiting to be filled in. Pictured: Noses & Ears, Etc.: The Gemini Series: Face with Nose and (Green) Ear, 2006,
(Image credit: John Baldessari)

The therapeutic merits of colouring books have been a hot topic of discussion this year, but we haven’t quite felt tempted to partake until the release of RxArt (opens in new tab)’s annual fine art edition this week. Created in partnership with Coach (opens in new tab), the colouring book features a cover and stickers by John Baldessari and works by 52 other contemporary artists printed in black and white and waiting to be filled in by adults and children alike.

Now in its fifth year, RxArt’s colouring book series fulfills its mission of helping children heal by way of the visual arts. This year’s edition features the recognisable imagery of Rita Ackermann (opens in new tab)Olaf Breuning (opens in new tab)Subodh Gupta (opens in new tab)Keith Haring (opens in new tab) and Angel Otero (opens in new tab), just to name a few.

’The coloring book is one of my favorite projects,’ says RxArt President, Diane Brown.  ’At least 90% of the books we publish are donated to children in our partner hospitals. The books help hospitalized children, their siblings and parents take their minds off illness and focus on something creative and fun.’

Although primarily created as gifts to pediatric wards throughout the US, ‘Between the Lines: A Colouring Book Contemporary Visual Artists, Volume 5’ is available to buy from select retailers, galleries and museum shops, bookstores around the world and on RxArt’s website. 

WHOZNOZEIZIT

Now in its fifth year, RxArt’s colouring book series fulfills its mission of helping children heal by way of the visual arts. Pictured: WHOZNOZEIZIT, 2015by Kenny Scharf.

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist )

Fish or Woman

’The books help hospitalized children, their siblings and parents take their minds off illness and focus on something creative and fun,’ says RxArt President, Diane Brown. Left: Fish or Woman, 2010, by Olaf Breuning and right: Candy Forest, 2015 by Will Cotton.

(Image credit: Courtesy of both artists)

Self Portrait Maze

Although primarily created as gifts to pediatric wards throughout the US, the colouring book is available to buy from select retailers and on RxArt’s website. Left: Noses & Ears, Etc.: The Gemini Series: One Face (Three Versions) with Nose, Ear, and Glasses, 2006, by John Baldessari and right: Self Portrait Maze, 2015, by Alex Israel.

(Image credit: Courtesy of both artists)

INFORMATION

‘Between the Lines: A Colouring Book Contemporary Visual Artists, Volume 5’, $20, is published by RxArt (opens in new tab) 

Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.