Taschen's Neo Rauch retrospective

Article: Taschen's Neo Rauch retrospective

Neo Rauch’s work is at once familiar and slightly off, though slightly off shouldn’t be confused with off-putting; His paintings are huge and bright and difficult to tear your eyes away from. Calling his compositions surreal only barely describes them, and besides, Rauch isn’t too fond of the word. The colors he uses and the imagery are reminiscent of old storybooks. People are dressed in all manner of clothing, from Paul Bunyan to the Revolutionary War-era, think lots of men in waistcoats and britches. His landscapes owe a lot to Dali’s desolate, almost post-apocalyptic fantasy worlds, and his proportions are all over the place. Men and women of various sizes operate together on the same plane without clear distinction as to fore or background.

The Big Butt Book

Article: The Big Butt Book

A note to all the ladies trying to lose that butt before bikini season is officially on: maybe you don’t have to after all. At least not if it resembles the back side of any of the women featured in Taschen’s “The Big Butt Book,” an ode to our “awe, fantasy and slavish devotion” to…

The Elements of Euclid

Article: The Elements of Euclid

Surely you remember Euclid, your old high school pal from sophomore geometry? Ok, he was sophomore geometry, as in Euclidian Geometry. His most famous work, Elements, was written around 300 B.C. and is still used as the foundation for textbooks today. That’s a really long time ago, so if you thought your math book was hard to understand it’s no wonder – this stuff is old. In the mid-1800s, Irish author and civil engineer Oliver Byrne thought the stuff could use an update and some much needed clarification beginning with Euclid’s famous first sentence: I. A point is that which has no parts. II. A line is length without breadth.

Ellen von Unwerth's "Fräulein"

Article: Ellen von Unwerth's "Fräulein"

NY Fashion Week is good timing for Taschen’s release of “Fräulein,” the 482-page trip through Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic “female fantasy land.” A model herself for the first decade of her career, Unwerth gained notoriety only when she stepped behind the lens. Her photography revisits past decades from the silent film era to the 1950s, and is often set in a bedroom, boudoir or late-night Parisian cafe-cabaret. She has been compared to Helmut Newton for her portrayal of women as powerful, strong and sexually aggressive, though her propensity for fetish, domination, whips, chains, strappy lingerie, high heels, lots of makeup and very little clothing goes somewhat beyond even Newton’s scope.

Ultimate Christmas gift: a piece of the moon

Article: Ultimate Christmas gift: a piece of the moon

As the days before Christmas wane and people become increasingly desperate to finish their shopping, resorting to DVDs by the handful or last minute gift cards, why not blow everyone’s expectations with a chunk of our very own natural satellite, the Moon? “More Precious than Gold” is part literary, part interactive design, part actual moon…

Phaidon is popping off in SOHO

Article: Phaidon is popping off in SOHO

Literally (and strategically) around the corner from the Taschen store in SOHO is the brand new Phaidon pop up shop, conveniently open now through the holidays. But who cares how calculated the timing and location is when some of the best art books are now a whole lot closer than Picadilly, Phaidon’s only other store.…