Featuring established and emerging photographers including Thomas Ruff, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Beat Streuli, Thomas Struth, Nobuyoshi Araki, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Baltasar Burkhard, Gnter Farg, Andreas Gursky, Candida Hafer, Axel Htte, Martin Liebscher, Inge Rambow, and Jarg Sasse, XL-Photography presents the photography collection of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, assembled by Jean-Christophe Amman, Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. XL-Photography presents close to 200 large-format works by the 14 aforementioned photographers, with pieces that range from the ironic pictorial narratives of Anna and Bernhard Blume to Htte's landscape images; from Candida Hafer's interior shots to Araki's provocative erotic stagings; from Ruff's deconstructions of subjectivity to Streuli's urban views. Much more than a simple collection catalogue, this smartly designed and lavishly illustrated book presents some of the essential positions taken in photographic art over the past ten years.
From Library Journal:
When Germany's financial exchanges moved to a new building in the 1990s, an art collection was begun under the tutelage of Jean-Christophe Ammann, director of Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art. This book presents more than 200 images now in the collection. Big names here include Thomas Struth, Beat Steuli, Thomas Ruff, Fischli & Weiss, and Nobyoshi Araki, but they are nicely complemented by lesser-known talents. Of the 16 artists, three are Swiss, one Japanese, and the rest German, and the style of the Dusseldorf School dominates even among the younger generation. Each artist's work is described in a short essay followed by full-page presentations of about a half-dozen works; at the end of the book, the artist' curricula vitae are presented along with from four to 32 small-format reproductions showing all pieces in the collection. The book's title reflects the large format all these photographers use, ranging up to wall-sized enlargements. This is perhaps the book's greatest drawback-even full-page reproductions cannot capture the unsettling intimacy of one of Ruff's 5' tall head shots. That said, this is a fine summary of an important group of artists and belongs in most academic and all art libraries.
Eric Bryant, "Library Journal."
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