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OUBEY Mindkiss Perfect Paperback – August 1, 2010
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I found Oubey's journey through computer generated art in the late 80's and 90's fascinating. However, in my opinion, Oubey's best work came from his ambitious goal to paint 1,000 stars in oil. When he died, he had already completed 80 in the series.
Each of the 5 volumes are perfectly curated, magnificently laid out, and make sense as an independent work from a specific Oubey period. Oubey's Mindkiss is a journey through life and love. The Art, curation and the maticulous layout are all impressive. This is a diamond in the rough for art and book collectors.
covers. I was curious about the complex dimensionality of the unusual slipcase
cover and found the book in a library. The whole set of books was compelling.
When I saw it was a small limited edition I decided to buy it. Beyond being a
beautiful book, it offers a fascinating look at the artistic career of the
German artist named Oubey, who was basically unknown until after his death in
What makes this set of five books especially interesting to me is that with the
photos of Oubey's painting are interspersed the artist's journal entries
that describe his thought process. Reading that material explained something I
had always wondered about. I tend to like all classical painting, but run to
extremes when I see contemporary art. Some paintings - and I am including
Oubey's work in this group - make an immediate and visceral connection. Like
the artist is painting directly on your brain. With other works, the connection
isn't there, even if you look for it. Reading Oubey's journal entries while
looking at the painting helped to explain that connectivity. The idea of putting
his work together as a set of books puzzled me at first. But after I worked my
way through all five, I realized it was very clever editing, because it showed
how and why the artist's style changed over the years.
I recommend this book to anyone drawn to Jackson Pollock or Warhol -- Oubey
is solidly in their league. The book is also valuable for anyone who has
wondered about the creative forces that drive artistic vision.
This book by Stefan Sagmeister is already a collectible, it got three of the most prestigious awards for graphic design in the USA and in Germany:
* the Design Award 2010 of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts),
* the Red Dot Award for Communication Design 2010 (Germany)
* the Award of Excellence, especially prized among designers, from the design magazine "Communication Arts".