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Andreas Gursky at Louisiana Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 Jan 2012
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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 alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.
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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