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Benedikt Taschen founded the eponymous art book publishing company in 1980 and currently manages the business with his daughter, Marlene. Taschen began by publishing reprints of Benedikt’s own comic collection but soon branched out into publishing art that may not have otherwise received any mainstream interest or attention based on its subject matter. This included fetishistic, erotic and adult art. The art of Taschen, though controversial, was bold and brought interest to the publisher along with its other, more commercial endeavors. In 1985, the first of the Basic Art books was published, with each focusing on a different artist, and in 1999, Taschen published Helmut Newton SUMO, which placed them in the realm of large, luxury book sales. With the first SUMO volume, Taschen released a bookstand to hold the large book, which was a massive 20x27 inches. Today, Taschen’s books offer a wide variety of artistic efforts that vary greatly in subject and medium, including photography, classical art, contemporary art, comics and animation. Melding the experience of reading in one’s home with admiring a painting in a museum, Taschen books are for the collector — or those who always wanted to start collecting — the art enthusiast and the discerning reader, as well as for the curious, the excited and the daring. These volumes—such as Gustav Klimt 1862-1918, Vermeer. The Complete Works and Ferrari Collector's Edition—were never meant for the likes of a dusty bookshelf, as displaying a Taschen book in one’s home is an open window to a world of art manifested in a way that is hardly ever seen anywhere else.