The 14 Best Art Books From Taschen’s Summer Sale
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It’s time again to load your coffee tables and shelves with the biggest and most incredible art books imaginable from a legendary publisher. TASCHEN without spending a billion dollars. We truly are on the lookout for every opportunity to buy our way to being cultured, and nothing says “I’m deliciously erudite” like all the pink, wagging tongues in Ren Hang’s photography. Nothing invites you to stay until the wee hours of the night in a living room, discussing both Hegel and the undervalued feminism of the last 20 seconds of the “Stars Are Blind” video, than a big pile of clever, exciting and creative TASCHEN books.
The esteemed art book publisher’s summer sale is back, just in time for Cancer season and our early summer boredom, so we’ve put together a short list of our favorite titles to have. sitting, oh so nonchalantly, on your mid-century modern style. low table. Make good use of these art history lessons while adding an intellectual and aesthetic touch to your living space. We believe in you.
Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book
Any book that has the word “sneaker” twice in its title will really, really good for documenting the global sneaker phenomenon that has swept the streetwear tides over the years, and the cult magazine who documented his rise. The first book of its kind, sneaker freaker compiles over 650 pages of the most iconic sneakers with extreme attention to detail. The Guardian called it “a coffee table classic for rubber-soled obsessives,” and we’re calling it your next un-birthday gift for yourself.
Dalí: The Gala Dinners
Many of us are familiar with the work of Salvador Dalí for his melting clocks painting, like, the theory of relativity or whatever, and maybe, if you’re a bit more dali-headed, you might know his experimental films and more extensive artistic catalog. But what you might not know is that this guy also made a very weird psychedelic cookbook in 1973 that combines surreal imagery with fantastic recipes. We wrote about it a few years ago when TASCHEN first reprinted it, and now you can take it home for half price and enjoy some of the craziest food presentations ever devised.
Matthew Weiner: Crazy
remember how much Mad Men got the world drooling over mid-century design in 2007? No one has done it better, or with more detail, from costumes to cultural references; the sharply scripted color palette. This two-volume tribute to the series includes production ephemera, on-set photos, writers’ room notes, and a bunch of gorgeous stills, of course.
Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism
When it comes to coping with climate extremes, the Lo––TEK design movement turns to the wisdom of Indigenous peoples around the world who have been consciously, sustainably and resiliently tilling the land forever. As we enter an era of unprecedented technology, human population growth and housing need, anthropologist Wade Davis explores how movement can help us reframe our ethical and cross-species outlook and values.
Christo and Jean-Claude
If you’re not already on the first name basis with Christo and Jean-Claude, you should be. This celebrated couple of modern artists created some of the most stunning environmental installations of the 20th century, from encircling an island in a ring of bright pink to stretching a curtain across an entire Colorado valley. The level of ambition: unequaled. The effect: wowowow. It’s a big book, one that proves that no dream is too big for an artistic project. It’s also $100 off its regular price, which is crazy.
Sebastião Salgado: GENESIS
Open the pages of Genesis is such an epic and immersive blended experience, that it sits somewhere between that Disneyland ride (Soarin’ Over California?) and all it must have been like to be Moses parting the sea. The black-and-white images by photographer Sebastião Salgado capture all the sublime sensations of the Amazon, Africa and everywhere in between, he continued his eight-year quest to find landscapes and people who live unchanged, despite the devastating onslaught of modern development .
Basquiat’s work defined New York City in the 1980s, but the scope of his paintings goes far beyond a single city or era; and few have held up such a visceral and unshakeable mirror on the subjects of capitalism, race and sexuality as he. Finally, we find at home his major works with XXL monographs that give each brushstroke the attention it deserves.
Lord, we miss Ren Hang. The Beijing-based photographer has captured images of subversive beauty that stay with us, from octopus tentacles sensually woven into human hair, to a pair of legs parted by red manicured hands; a woman’s face framed by a peacock, or an erect penis urinating into Godzilla’s mouth. (Yah, this book is decidedly not safe for work.) Hang died in 2017 aged just 29, but his brief career was so rich and daring that it sparked more than 20 exhibitions. solo and 70 in a group in just six years. . The next best thing? Revisiting the best of his work in this book.
California Crazy: American pop architecture
If you’ve ever spent a few weeks living wild and free on the road, you might already know that the best part of any road trip is finding all the weird architectural attractions that make America so damn, well, American. . Weird buildings in the name of ingenious roadside advertising is one of the things we do best, and you can use this book as inspiration for your next cross-country cruise.
For the ink master of your heart, pick up this massive and fascinating book exploring the history, diversity, artistry and versatility of tattooing. It is co-edited by Henk Schiffmacher, who also compiled his amazing Taschen tattoo book. Grab it for just eight bucks right now.
Bosch: The Complete Works
Curious what it would have been like to do acid in the 16th century and be super scared of God? Look no further than the works of Hieronymous Bosch, the Dutch painter whose triptych of heaven and hell has intrigued, enchanted and terrified the bejesus outside of us for centuries. This book is so large that it shows details of the artist’s works that you can’t even see without a magnifying glass.
Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings
Kahlo was a key player in politics, gender, sexuality and feminism – and now you can admire all of her 152 paintings in an XXL monographic format. The book features her alluring and admirable self-portraits, along with rare photos, diary entries, letters, and an illustrated biography.
Massimo Listri: The most beautiful libraries in the world
We love buying books, so it’s only natural that we admire the many places they’re stored. Massimo Listri has visited some of the most beautiful libraries in the world to admire its beautiful architecture. The libraries he explored range from medieval to 19th century institutions and are represented by impeccable photographs.
Learn all about the erotic history of mankind, while tapping into your own sexual fantasies. The book highlights selected excerpts from writers such as Voltaire and Verlaine, as well as works by artists such as Matisse and Boucher.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, so go in and strengthen this library.
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