Norman Bryson & Werner Spies
This is the first book featuring the artist's new "ocean" series, in which the artist relinquished his position behind the camera to work with satellite images of the world as the basis for this work. In their darkly-nuanced surfaces, gursky creates contemporary mappe del mondo continuing the debates and practices begun in the nineteenth century, but on a scale befitting the cosmic grandeur of the subject. The book is divided into two large-format volumes with one showcasing his new "ocean" works and the other a grouping of subjects he has selected from the last twenty years, from the landscape mqlheim an der ruhr, anglers (1989) to the empty scene of untitled xv (2008).
New york, 2010, 37.5 x 28.6 cm, 21colour illustrations, 110pp. 2 volume in slipcase. Hardback.