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The first complete retrospective of a contemporary icon, prepared with Björk’s active creative involvement throughout

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Overview

Björk's contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide. Here, now, is the ultimate celebration of this multimillion-selling superstar. Designed by top design studio M/M (Paris) as a slipcased world of wonders, this publication – originally published to accompany the exhibition on Björk at The Museum of Modern Art, New York – is composed of six parts:?four booklets, a paperback and a poster.

Each booklet contains illustrated texts by, respectively, Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben and Timothy Morton, while the poster features artwork of Björk’s albums and singles. The main book focuses on her seven major albums – Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Medúlla, Volta and Biophilia – and the personas created for each one. Poetic texts by longtime collaborator, Icelandic poet Sjón, are accompanied by shots of Björk performing live; multiple stills from music videos made by directors including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham and Spike Jonze; images of Björk in breathtaking costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan; and shots by star photographers such as Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Stéphane Sédnaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Araki. All combine to form an extraordinary visual masterpiece, celebrating the magical world of Björk.

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Reviews

'A fascinating read for serious fans'
NME

'A real celebration of creativity … packed 'Full of Love' and 'Wanderlust', 'Possibly Maybe' guaranteed to make you 'Violently Happy'. Put simply, this is definitely one to add to your reading list! Once 'It’s In Our Hands', we’re never going to let it go'
iD vice.com

'An immersive experience … a triumph - exactly the kind of respectful and considered appreciation a master artist merits'
The Mouth Magazine

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Further Details

Specifications

Format: Slipcased

Size: 30.5 x 24.1 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 2 March 2015

ISBN: 9780500291948

Contents List

Four Booklets: I: An introduction by Klaus Biesenbach • II. “Beyond Delta: The Many Streams of Björk”: An illustrated essay by Alex Ross, focusing on Björk’s cutting-edge blurring of musical and aesthetic boundaries. • III. “Björk Creating: Myths of Creativity and Creation”: An illustrated essay on Björk’s creativity and collaborations by Nicola Dibben • IV. “This Huge Sunlit Abyss From the Future Right There Next To You...” A philosophical email conversation between Björk and Timothy Morton. Book: “The Triumphs of a Heart: A Psychographic Journey Through the First Seven Albums of Björk”: An illustrated poetic text by Sjón. Poster: A fold-out sheet of perforated, adhesive stamps featuring the artwork for Björk’s albums and singles.

About the Author

Klaus Biesenbach is Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Alex Ross is a music critic on The New Yorker.

List of Contributors

Klaus Biesenbach, Nicola Dibben, Timothy Morton, Sjón