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Hundertwasser (Taschen 25th Anniversary) by Harry Rand
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9.75" Height: 12" Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
ISBN 3822834165 ISBN13 9783822834169
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More About Harry Rand
Harry Rand is Curator of Twentieth-Century Painting and Sculpture at the National Museum of American Art. He is a contributing editor for "Arts Magazine"; the author of "Manet's Contemplation at the Gare Saint-Lazare" (California, 1987) and "Paul Manship" (Smithsonian 1989).
Harry Rand currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hundertwasser (Taschen 25th Anniversary)?
Eye candy, but not fattening! May 16, 2008
I am a quilter, and bought this book largely because of my love for batiks,(which are cotton fabrics hand dyed)and on recollection of a show I saw 32 years ago on Hundertwasser in Toronto's ROM.I like it,big time.Yep,there's no gold leaf in them thar hills and curves of Hundertwasser repros,if it bothers you enough,grab a gold leaf marker and add it yourself.Taschen offers value for your money,if you want gold leaf,you may have to add another 20.00 to the cost of the book.I have no problems about the quality of the repros.Anything that looks like pale brown,try and doublecheck,it is likely it is gold leaf. The artist may not have alot to say as other painters,but his designs,and color sense are really got me going into my studio. I am glad I got it!
Excellent Book May 15, 2008
This book really shows off Hundertwasser and is a great addition to any art collection. This is another hit by Taschen.
a readable, interesting art book Feb 17, 2008
Any book about art or an artist that doesn't make me fall asleep gets five stars from me. The only downside (but it still gets five stars) as that you don't get the full representation of the pictures and need to look at the description to see the medium. For example the foil overlay. Still wonderful. (Feb 17, 2008)
I eventually found a small, beautiful, cloth-bound catalogue of his Australian and New Zealand exhibitions (the one I have was produced in 1973 by cicero, gmbh and titled 'Hundertwasser 1974 Australia') and there you get glimpse of the phosphoric metallic brilliance that I find missing in many of the books about Hundertwasser - although for the price of these books, no complaint. This book and the catalogue are a good combination. The catalogue I was able to find at a very reasonable price of $30, but it took a bit of searching. (April 16, 2008)
Primarily H's Watercolors & Paintings, with Details about His Life & His Theories and a Bit about His Architecture Jan 6, 2008
REVIEW SUBTITLE: A Serendipitous Purchase
While I had come across references to "the art of Hundertwasser," because I knew only of him as an architect and consider architecture an art, I assumed that the colorful work adorning the cover of this book was one of the Gaudi-esque architect's occasionally fancified plans. As a number probably know, however, it is not. Rather it is but one of Hundertwasser's many paintings.
Though I'd expected a book on architecture, I was not disappointed to receive one focusing on H's development as a painter. In fact, I was elated, for splashed across approximately 2/3rds of the 197 pages of this book are what had originally attracted me to him: the "lush opulence" of what I now know are his watercolors and paintings.
This book, however, is not just a visual feast. In addition tracing his development as an artist, the text includes and discusses H's thoughts on topics such as those noted in the Table of Contents I've included in the commentary following this review. And while some may seem esoteric, the discussions are not. In fact, they're fascinating.
That most of the focus of Taschen's retrospective of H and his work is on water colors/painting is not surprising, for so few of his structures were ever realized. However, approximately 30 well-illustrated pages are devoted to H's theories about architecture, his architectural models, and the utopian structure he was commissioned by the city of Vienna to build.
I was certainly correct in one assumption I made when I ordered HUNDERTWASSER: With the words "Taschen 25th Anniversary" attached to its title, I could not go wrong. Nor will anyone who purchases it.
Note: Lest you give any weight to L. Egan's comment about the book's "downsides," please read my response to his review.