2012. 140 pp., 45 color ills.
24.90 x 29.70 cm
This volume concentrates on the classic compositions one associates with photographer Andreas Gursky: views captured at a great distance, from a slightly elevated perspective, the camera positioned as centrally as possible in front of the motif à la Bernd and Hilla Becher. It features all of the famous Gursky icons—such as the 99-cent store, the racetrack at Bahrain, the Tokyo and Chicago stock exchanges, the miners’ locker room, and the racetrack pit stops—as well as his most recent photos, for instance his Ocean series (2010) and pictures of the final parade of a show by fashion designers Viktor & Rolf (2011). These photographs ideally illustrate the artist’s frequently quoted remark that he wants to show us our world from the perspective of an extraterrestrial, an alien. And thus Andreas Gursky’s works reveal the outrageous and the exorbitant as well as the beautiful and sublime, always starting from the relationship between the human being and space.
Exhibition: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, January 13–May 13, 2012.
About the Artist:
Andreas Gursky is a German photographer known for his monumental digitally manipulated photographs that examine consumer culture and the busyness of contemporary life. His unique compositional strategies result in dramatic images that walk the line between representation and abstraction.
About the Publisher:
Hatje Cantz publisher are committed to this motto more than ever – with our accustomed high quality we remain faithful to the standards set by Gerd Hatje: premium books that are produced in close collaboration with artists and curators. Our profile has always been shaped by tradition and avant-garde from all over the world. We present our program in a bilingual preview catalogue, in which masters of the twentieth century such as Paul Klee, Paul Gauguin, and Eva Hesse meet contemporary artists such as Michael Borremans, Gerhard Richter, and Filip Dujardin.