2 books in a slipcase which document Andreas Gursky's 2010 Los Angeles exhibition of the recent Ocean series as well as a selection of photographs from the last 20 years
Texts by Norman Bryson and Werner Spies
11 7/8 x 15 1/2 inches (30.2 x 39.4 cm); book 1: 78 pages, fully illustrated; book 2: 57 pages, fully illustrated
Designed by Goto Design, New York; Printed by Shapco Printing, Minneapolis
Weight: 5 lbs. 15 oz.
This magnificent set of slip-cased books captures the grandness and lushness of epic photographer Andreas Gursky's Oceans series of 2010, currently featured in tandem with his newest body of work, Bangkok, at Gagosian Gallery West 21st Street in New York. In the Oceans series, Gursky relinquished his position behind the camera to work with satellite images of the world as his raw material. In their darkly-nuanced surfaces, he creates contemporary mappe del mondo on a scale befitting the cosmic grandeur of the subject. Just as history painters of previous centuries found their subjects in the realities of everyday life, Gursky finds inspiration in his own spontaneous visual experience and through reports of global phenomena in the daily media. The resulting pictures have a formal congruence deriving from a bold and edgy dialogue between photography and painting, empirical observation and artfulness, conceptual rigor and spontaneity, representation and abstraction. Gursky’s world view fuses the flux of life and nature with the stillness of metaphysical reflection.
In Volume 1, preeminent art historian Norman Bryson offers historical perspective and contemporary insight into Gursky’s majestic Oceans series. In Volume 2, Gursky’s own selection of key images from the last twenty years is accompanied by texts from art historian and curator Werner Spies.