One of the worst (and best) things about bookstores is that they leave the expensive art books wrapped in plastic to keep the huge, full colour pages flat and finger-print free for their new owners. Though this means that you get a pristine book to add to your coffee-table collection, it also means that you don’t get to look though the (usually very expensive) book first to ensure that it is everything you hoped for — and more.
The two volume 100 Contemporary Artists edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth is one of the vaccumed wrapped art books that I lusted over — until it was given to me as a gift (thanks Cam!) — and I am here to tell you, that this one is definitely worth the dollars.
These books bring together the most outstanding and influential artists from the last 10 years including Marlene Dumas, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. The focus of the collection is on the works by the artists that have repeatedly stirred heated debate, both in the art world and amongst the general public.