Introducing some amazing new books published by those good folks over at Taschen, in particular some new great new editions to the highly prestigious SUMO collection.
KAOS by Albert Watson
KAOS is in celebration of the “photographer’s photographer,” after a career expanding almost half a century Albert Watson can arguably boast the most unusual and diverse photography portfolio of a generation.
Watson has the ability to capture bold forms and texture on the surface whilst delving into the multitude of depth surrounding form and existence. Be it the marvellous assemblage of subjects, objects and people he has encountered along his way, from stars, statesmen, women and strangers Watson has an ability to breath an unseen poetry into places and faces we thought we knew.
What makes Albert Watson one of the world’s most revered photographers, hailed by peers, critics, and collectors alike? The answer is as complex as his portfolio.
The Power and The Glory by Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz drew from over 40 years of work for this Taschen SUMO tome, starting with incredibly intimate images taken for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s, through to her more stylised portrait works for Vanity Fair and Vogue. Globally renowned images such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono laced in a final embrace are printed alongside portraits that have rarely been seen before.
Cover to cover is packed with portraits of actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, artists, writers, performance artists, journalists, athletes, business people offering a family album of our time. A supplementary book contains essays by Annie Leibovitz, Graydon Carter, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Paul Roth and short texts describing the subjects of each of the over 250 photographs.
A limited edition of 9,000 signed and numbered copies. Available in four different cover photos.
Living on the Edge With Art by Ai WeiWei
Ai Weiwei’s reputation far proceeds his art world notoriety while his artworks have secured his place as one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, Ai is equally known as a social media phenomenon, political activist in his native China, where he earned an 81-day police detention in 2011.
This book, signed by the artist, is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei’s life and work. Compiled in close collaboration with Ai and with direct access to his own archives, it explores the artist’s particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text.
Limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies (No. 101-1,100). Each edition is signed by the artist and wrapped in a silk scarf reproduction of Ai Weiwei’s work Straight, a reference to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008.
Illustrations by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol’s 1950s hand-drawn books, created during his pre-fame years, are much-coveted jewels in the Pop Art master’s crown. This portfolio contains meticulous reprints of all seven books, reproduced as closely as possible to the original and presented in an accordion case. Complete with an XL-sized guidebook contextualising Warhol’s life alongside his unique creations, this edition offers an unparalleled glimpse of Warhol’s budding genius.
The Wines of Gala by Salvador Dali
Following up on the best-selling cookbook Les dîners de Gala, in this delightfully eccentric guide the surrealist master shares his passion for the gift of the gods. The book explores the many myths of the grape, in texts and sensuous and subversive works by the artist, always true to his maxim: “A real connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.”
Lost + Found by David LaChapelle
TASCHEN is proud to announce the long-awaited, latest and final publications from artist David LaChapelle: a two-volume project to complete his five-book, career-spanning anthology. In Lost + Found, Part I, LaChapelle unveils a visual record of the times we live in. Together with Good News, Part II, it represents a sublime concluding chapter to LaChapelle’s captivating narrative.
Polaroids by Andy Warhol
A unique record of the Pop Art maestro’s world, these impromptu images offer Audrey Hepburn to Keith Haring, Dolly Parton. From self-portraits to still lives, anonymous nudes to New York high society, from Cabbage Patch dolls to hundreds of instant pictures by the artist, this book is created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation.