A new book from the sensational artist Andreas Gursky is always a publishing event. This stunning, large-format exhibition catalogue from Gursky's recent solo show in Munich is made up of works mostly created since his Museum of Modern Art show in 2001.
Gursky's photos exploit the visual codes of a globalised world. They combine collective memories into rhythmic images that appear familiar and intelligible to viewers because the situations have been stored in their subconscious. But the photographer's slightly elevated vantage point gives these situations an unfamiliar feeling. Viewers float above the objects, observing from an idealised perspective they are usually denied. Patterns and repetition become obvious, details once overlooked become prominent, and situations usually considered banal take on the air of a medieval miniature, an Old Master, or an abstract painting.
Includes a critical essay by curator Thomas Weski and a contribution titled In Yankee Stadium by American novelist Don DeLillo.