Sometimes a book is too beautiful to leave on a shelf. That’s certainly the case for the works that bear the TASCHEN name. Since 1980, the famed art publisher has become known for books that push boundaries — whether stylistically or by subject matter. A TASCHEN book is closer to an immersive experience than something you page through, and it’s never dry or stuffy. It’s all thanks to innovative layouts, an exceptional curation of images, and commentary that informs as well as entertains. Whether you keep your favorite title on a coffee table or dedicate a special corner to one of TASCHEN’s famous “Sumo” edition tomes, these are books more than worthy of display.
If you’re looking to add to your collection, take a look at five standout titles currently available at Sotheby’s Home:
Created in collaboration with Hockney, this massive book is the first-ever Sumo (TASCHEN’s term for fantastically oversized books) published for a painter. Inside, you’ll find key works that span Hockney’s entire life, from his art school days to current-day iPad drawings. The collector’s edition comes with its own stand by designer Marc Newson.
A photograph of Keith Haring artfully posed within one of his works graces the front of this Sumo. Inside, you’ll find an in-depth survey of Annie Leibovitz’s career from 1974-2007, including photographs of artists, celebrities, musicians, writers, and other notable subjects. Like the Hockney Sumo, the oversized book comes with a Marc Newson stand for display.
Take a worldwide tour of the buildings created by self-taught Modernist architect Tadao Ando (the only architect to win the discipline’s four greatest prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto) all without leaving your home. This detailed book combines photos and architectural drawings to get an in-depth understanding of his works, which have been described as “haiku crafted from concrete, water, light, and space.”
Whether you’re a fan of the original trilogy or the entire saga, this book provides even more context to the beloved series. Guided by George Lucas, the book contains more than just photos from the set. There’s also script pages, concept art, storyboards, and notes that recount the inspirations behind the creation of Star Wars and the experiences that unfolded during production.
Signed by the Dalai Lama, this hardcover volume contains the world’s first archive of the most precious surviving murals of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Photographed by Thomas Laird and reproduced in life-size resolution, the book (which has been recognized as a World Heritage Landmark) contains foldouts that capture the vastness of the murals along with detailed shots that reveal the stunning intricacy. Limited to just 918 copies, the book also comes with its own stand designed by Pritzker-winning architect and humanitarian pioneer Shigeru Ban.