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Giger Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Nov. 2018
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Swiss artist HR Giger (1940-2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger's biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which consistently merged hybrids of human and machine into images of haunting power and dark psychedelia.
The visions drew on demons of the past, harking back as far as Giger's earliest childhood fears as well as evoking mythologies for the future. Above all, they gave expression to the collective fears and fantasies of his age: fear of the atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival.
From surrealist dream landscapes created with a spray gun and stencils to album cover designs, from guillotine-like sculptures to self-designed bars, Giger personally guides us through his multi-faceted universe in this definitive introduction to a master of horror. Detailed reproductions and designs and a foreword by Timothy Leary complement Giger's intimate autobiographical texts.
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Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:
a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
a concise biography
approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
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- Publisher : Taschen; Illustrated edition (1 Nov. 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3836534207
- ISBN-13 : 978-3836534208
- Dimensions : 20.83 x 1.52 x 25.91 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As an overview of the great man's work, it is more or less perfect. The text is mainly by Giger himself, and is autobiographical with some insights into his influences and so on. The illustrations are fantastic, of course, and cover Giger's whole career including album covers (for e.g. Debbie Harry and Emerson Lake and Palmer, as well as the famously controversial Dead Kennedys cover), painting (such as the influential "biomechanical" series), sculpture and film work including the legendary designs for the Alien films.
Of course, Giger's work is, well, not for the faint hearted, so anyone who's a bit squeamish or easily offended should probably cross this off their wishlist, but you'd be missing out on the work of one of the true visionary artists of the 20th century.
Far from being a typically flimsy paperback, this version has a nice, thick, glossy sleeve and good quality pages. The book contains nice reproductions of Giger's most famous (and infamous) pieces, including 'The Master and the Margarita', 'Satan I' and the highly controversial 'Landscape XX' which resulted in an obscenity trial. There are comprehensive explanatory notes which provide loads of information about the artist and his work.
'Giger Basic Art' is highly recommended to anyone who wants a nice, affordable collection of the Swiss genius's work, but be warned. While he is well known for his use of dark and disturbing themes, some of the pieces featured within are VERY sexually explicit and NOT suitable for minors.
I would recomment it since Giger art books are quite rare, though is not really worth above £15. Be warned that some of the art work inside is quite sexually explicit so is not suitable for those under 16.