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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870700162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870700163
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 34.3 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New groups of work by Andreas Gursky: an up-to-date view of the magnificent panoramas from the megastar of the international art scene. --Die Welt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. William on 12 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gursky's huge prints don't easily work in book format. But this book pretty much manages it by showing both the full prints and, sometimes, detail from a print. The photographs displayed here are absolutely stunning. About the only thing I dislike about the book is the somewhat pretentious introduction.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hirst on 3 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Again and again, devotees of Gursky's work find themselves struggling to describe the sheer physical presence of his prints. Pristine, perfect and awe-inspiring as they are; they suck in the viewer, challenging one to see more, to make sense of this information overload.
Several coffee-table monographs on Gursky fail pitifully to convey the experience of viewing his best one man shows: such as that at the Tate Liverpool or this latest show at MOMA NY -from which this book arises.
This MOMA book succeeds where the others have failed: thanks to the skill of the designer, who takes portions -sometimes very small portions- of Gursky's images and places them in the book as intriguing puzzles. They become challenges to the reader to recognise what they are, from which images -and where they belong. They also serve as an implicit yard-stick. "my God" the reader realises, "if this double page spread is only that tiny part of the whole image, I can imagine just how b***** big and detailed the whole picture must be".
So, if you've not seen Gursky's actual prints yet, please do: there is no substitute. But -having seen them - this is the only book that will come anywhere near to reminding you of that experience.
Bill Hirst
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Marcus on 15 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
A great disappointment. Especially because I didn't realize the Amazon customer reviews listed here are actually taken from three other different books and are irrelevant for this one.

The photos are printed nicely - sharp and colorful but the variety is poor and there are very few of them. Not more than 30 and many of them are grouped in sets so you can't really appreciate the magnitude of Gursky's work. For example you get four photos of pit stop crews. About six photos of Asian ceremonies.

At least half of the book is text and discussions. I'm returning it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct 2001
Format: Hardcover
The work of Andreas Gursky can only be fully understood and appreciated when one looks at and compares a number of his large-format photographs. What cannot be made possible in a gallery is therefore done here, in a beautiful book with well reproduced prints and unobtrusive design features. Not a "coffee-table" book for show-offs but an extremely impressive work of art which can be appreciated by everyone, not only experts!!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
***Andreas Gursky; Modern Master of Photography*** 31 July 2001
By J.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First you must understand why this book was put together. Peter Galassi, the Museum of Modern Art in New York's Chief Curator in the Department of Photography made this book as a sort of large catalog to accompany the Gursky retrospective which was in May 2001. The Gursky's photos are huge, the exhibition at MOMA was huge and the book is - well, big, but other's will more than likely agree, it could be bigger especially in context to Gursky's work. (12" x 13.5")
Inside you'll find two things Gursky's photos and Peter Galassi's essay. More than likely you'll thumb through the book ogling the photos first, only to find the treasure of Peter's research about Gursky much later. Galassi's writes with authority and intellect as he discusses the "artistic contexts and origins of the work" in detail. In the preface Galassi admits that the introduction is lengthy but is only meant to encourage further study. Indeed, you are curious, you are pulled in. Here is a sample "Andreas Gursky's best pictures of the past decade knock your socks off, and they're meant to. They're big, bold, full of color, and full of surprise. As each delivers its punch, the viewer is already wondering where it came from - and will continue to enjoy the seduction of surprise long after scrutinizing the picture in detail." Galassi continues with bringing non-photo experts up to speed on the environment of the European aesthetic over the past 150 years, with much of the focus being on the 1950'6 - 60's. Fortunately attention has been paid also the Becher's, one of Andreas Gursky's mentors from the Kunstakademie (art academy), as well as the changes that had occurred in the practice of what was being taught there. Influential artists are named and noted and neatly woven into the grand picture. There is more, but for my purposes here, the result is a writing that so thoroughly saturates the history of the artist and his medium, that it is indispensable to the book as a whole. If it were only a book of slick, meticulously composed scenes on a gargantuan scale, it would be just another coffee table book; left to collect dust in some neatly arranged corner.
The discovery of Gursky's photos is a big one. (Quick note, anyone who has ever been remotely associated with graphic design will appreciate the clean lines and layout of text and photos.) Not only is the book highly readable, it looks modern. Pages 43 -186 are entirely the color plates. They are huge. They are fascinating.
I have read a variety of descriptions of Gursky's works, many of them come from very different starting points and all come to the conclusion that he is a master artist. The photos are everything from "...modestly scaled, infallibly exposed, sharply focused images..." and "focus on the recent phase of capitalism, reified leisure, consumerist fantasies and global transformation of production." His works are "complex and labor intensive process", "Olympian" in their "detached observation of setting and stilled activity," and " overwhelmingly dense image(s) rendered with astonishing visual clarity." My point being, that you cannot escape something mesmerizing, which is the view on the world only Gursky can offer. He shoots everything from alpine landscapes to stock exchange rooms, sunsets and shoe racks, rock concerts to factories, all with the same omniscient eye. The result is astonishing; it is a sucker punch. Urbanscapes, which encompass both, views of the micro and the macro, and often render a feeling of disbelief.
There is something in these photos for EVERYONE. Literally in the sense that Gursky has traveled the world to capture these scenes. Figuratively because there is something here that everyone can relate to. Above and beyond shopping for candy, watching a sunset, standing on the mezzanine of a hotel balcony, this work conjures big questions about: commerce, ultra-consumerism, mass development and cultural homogenization, the feeling of being alone in a crowd, great energy spent on insignificant things and more. The conclusions are here for you to discover.
In summary, the book is wonderful. It is eye candy and it is brain candy. In no way is the book a substitute for seeing the artwork, but if you have to take "the next best thing" surely this book is it. I highly recommend this book for students who are actively pursuing a degree or career in photography, for art historians, teachers of art or photography, and anyone interested in social - political - environmental - or spiritual commentary by a modern artist.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
At Last: -a book that does justice to Gursky's work 1 Aug 2001
By Bill Hirst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Again and again, devotees of Gursky's work find themselves struggling to describe the sheer physical impressiveness of his prints. Pristine, perfect and awe-inspiring as they are; they ... in the viewer, challenging one to see more, to make sense of this information overload.
Previous coffee-table monographs on Gursky failed pitifully to convey the experience of viewing his finest work: such as the retrospectives at the Tate Liverpool (UK) or this latest show at MOMA NY -from which this book arises.
This MOMA book succeeds where others have failed: thanks to its designer's skill in taking portions -sometimes very small portions- of Gursky's images and placing them in the book as visual puzzles. They challenge the reader to recognise what they are, from which images -and where they belong. They also serve as an implicit yard-stick. "my God" the reader realises, "if this double page spread is only that tiny part of the whole image, I can imagine just how big and detailed the whole picture must be".
So, if you've not seen Gursky's actual prints yet, then please do: there is no substitute. But -having seen them - this is the only book that will come anywhere near to reminding you of that delightful experience.
Bill Hirst
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Oh My! 20 April 2001
By "plastico37" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Walking through my neighborhood bookstore, I casually glanced at the photo books as I walked by. I usually stop and take a closer look, but lately I haven't seen any quality large format photography books, so I had my doubts. The loud and snappy color stripe on the book, combined with the mass of people, and on top of that the name Andreas Gursky, I stopped dead in my tracks. I felt my heart flutter and my knees get weak. Finally! A nice large book with insane large format work, with beautiful reproductions, and great layout!! What else would I want in a book? Well, personally, I like books that make we want to attack the world with my 4 x 5, I want to come out charging like a boxer in the first round. Not only did this book make we want to go shoot again, but it also made me think about shape, texture, content, and design. Some people think photographers don't pay much attention to those things, but in this book, it is disturbing the detail that is presented in each photograph. There is a photograph of a Dutch soccer stadium, and the crispness of the image is stunning. You can almost see individual strands of grass, you can almost see the players sweating, in other words, it is amazing. But to sum it all up in a non big word type of way, dude, buy this book. If you like books that make you do work, get this book. I am serious, you won't be disappointed. Oh Yeah!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Revelation 25 April 2001
By Nicholas Grossman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Every photograph in Andreas Gurskey's book is a revelation. It's not a page turner-you'll linger at length over each photograph's wealth of detail, painterly composition, and absurd landscape. The images in this book have an amazing ability to startle and provoke. They are at once humorous and full of despair, alienating and invigorating. Traveling all over the globe to capture these moments, Gurskey has created a discourse about utopiansism, mass culture, work, consumerism, nature, and modern design. While the reduced size of the photographs (in contrast to the MOMA exhibit) means they lose some of their power, the book is ordered in a way that puts the images in dialogue with each other. And it reads better than any novel I have read in recent memory.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
comprehensive 5 Feb 2005
By Joseph Tate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gursky's prints in person are astounding--words fail to capture not only their size, but their detail. This book does an excellent job of taking those gigantic prints and putting them into a manageable size. Plus, this is a comprehensive overview of Gursky's work.
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