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Benedikt Taschen interview


Taschen-CollectionThe Sunday Times interviews Benedikt Taschen about his life in publishing. So that’s a posh British broadsheet speaking to a German who brings out books like The Big Book of Breasts and The Big Butt Book. Bound to be trouble!

His books don’t just break coffee tables: they also crash headlong through perceived barriers between high and low art. Taschen seems just as happy to publish a book of explicit gay cartoons by the artist Tom of Finland as he is to bring out a perfect facsimile of the Luther Bible of 1534, reproduced from a rare copy of the original.

“I certainly don’t believe in this high-and-low distinction,” he says. “What’s high art and what’s low art is a matter of fashion. What is respectable now might be different tomorrow, and will certainly be different 100 years from now.”

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