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Since 2010 an exclusive team around the Cologne-based publisher DAAB has been creating exquisite books in the fields of art, architecture, design and fashion. In addition to a clear focus on original content and relevant topics DAAB also attaches great importance to the graphic design of all its books. The editorial design and layout is developed and designed by the well-known agency MEIRÉ UND MEIRÉ in Cologne. Most of the books are published bilingual for worldwide distribution.

Following the monographs on AI WEIWEI, WINKA DUBBELDAM and PAOLA NAVONE, the FRESH series shows the best work on illustration, product design and street art, edited by the renowned agency Magma Brand, which also designs and publishes the highly successful magazine "Slanted". SUPERLATIVE EMIRATES provides an overview of the numerous exorbitant architectural projects of the United Arab Emirates. This is complemented by FUTURISTIC which focuses in great detail on the perspectives of future building projects faced with the global challenges of overpopulation and climatic change.

DAAB first aroused the attention of the international art world with RISING , a fascinating compendium on young emerging artists edited by Olaf Salié, who was supported by an advisory board including well-known gallery owners and collectors. Rising was followed by CORPORATE COLLECTIONS, published in cooperation with Deutsche Standards and the Corporate Collecting Task Force of the Cultural Committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) - an exquisitely designed and lavishly illustrated book on the corporate collections of 70 German companies, including private collections with direct connections to the companies owned by the collectors.

BRIGHT! in Co-Edition with slanted! presents a unique collection of extraordinary typography in illustrations and art.

PRIDE AND GLORY by the internationally acclaimed photographer Horst A. Friedrichs pays homage to the rockers' jacket to which a limited edition with an elaborate leather-bound including a signed print is planned. THE LABEL BOOK, edited by Thomas Rusche, presents exclusive fashion companies whose labels continue to be a guarantee for the highest quality, as well as tradition and style. In addition to this title the 8-volume set ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CLOTHING CULTURE, available autumn 2014, will be a dependable guide to everyday and not-so-everyday questions of clothing.

With their publications, Daab have set themselves the task to contextually relevant accents and buck the mainstream by producing well made high quality books. At the same time Daab has also developed new formats based on the contents of their publications.

The book NEW ON THE CATWALK for example was the basis for the COLOGNE CATWALK 2012, a new fashion show format for emerging designers in Cologne. This year the COLOGNE CATWALK concept will be expanded with the Cologne Fashion Days (CFD), a three-day fashion fair for young couture labels into which the COLOGNE CATWALK event will be integrated.

CROSSING CHINA, a compendium on contemporary art and architecture in China was first presented at the ART COLOGNE 2013. The book is edited by Gérard A. Goodrow.

In Co-Edition with FRAME Magazine Daab published THINK DUTCH , which presents and describes future-oriented projects and products of the creative scene of dutch designers and architectures.

Projects 2014:

In INGENIOUS ENCOUNTERS PeterBadge tells his incredible stories about meeting nobel laureates on his journeys.

The complete reprint of all issues of the legendary magazine «ulm», by the School of Design, HfG in Ulm between 1958 and 1968, will be in their original format in one volume. Edited by René Spitz.

PASSAGES, edited by Gérard A. Goodrow and Julia Riterskamp is about contemporary Indian art in recent years.

In HOLZ HOLLYWOOD George Holz’s exquisite volume titled takes the Daab series of photo books to new glamorous heights.

The best is yet to come!

Anja and Ralf Daab

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  • STUDIO. The Studio is the World is the Studio

    First-Ever Exhibition of the Work of German Artist Norbert Tadeusz in California at ESMoA, June 7-September 27, 2015 STUDIO is a collaboration between the Los Angeles
    County Museum of Art and ESMoA
    April 13, 2015 (El Segundo, California) – The work of Norbert Tadeusz (1940-2011) will be exhibited for the first time in Los Angeles and on the West Coast at ESMoA. The art laboratory’s experience #17, STUDIO, is a collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (LACMA) and the art laboratory in El Segundo, ESMoA. The retrospective spans the entire career of the prolific painter and draftsman and presents about 30 paintings of mostly monumental scale.
    STUDIO focuses on the representations of Tadeusz’s studio and the artist’s own oeuvre.  The art experience considers the trope of the artist studio in art history and examines the notions of the studio in general: as a place that frames the artist’s relation to reality; as a space both public, private and deeply personal; as a set and a setting; as a circus and a stage; as reality…and as fiction.
    Experience STUDIO, the work of Norbert Tadeusz, at ESMoA in El Segundo, California with an opening talk on June 7, 2015. The exhibition will run through September 27, 2015. 
    Tadeusz was among the first artists to study with the legendary Joseph Beuys in Dusseldorf in the early 1960s, a respected professor in his own right who taught at prestigious art academies in Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Braunschweig, and elsewhere. A contemporary of internationally renowned artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo, Georg Baselitz and Jorg Immendorf, Tadeusz was associated with German figurative painting of the 1980s – a.k.a.,Neo-Expressionism or The New Wild. To his credit, Tadeusz always resisted categorization and insisted on remaining an outsider. Indeed, though he is represented in major museum collections and exhibited widely in Germany and Europe, he is virtually unknown in the U.S. ESMoA is both pleased and excited to introduce this exceptional painter to Southern California at its first-ever art experience devoted to a single artist.
    STUDIO invites visitors into the world of the artist’s studio, a recurring subject throughout Tadeusz’s 50-year career. Arrangements of otherwise ordinary studio objects such as stretcher frames, coffee cans for paint brushes, random cables,and rolled-up canvases appear alongside fascinating architectural views of the studio space, with skylight shadows forming geometric shapes on the walls, or theatrically staged scenarios of bodies depicted from extreme angles. The artist’s powerful, intensively colored and at times highly complex compositions reshuffle and reinterpret traditional motifs such as the still life, the nude study, portraiture or genre painting. Reaching from quasi-abstract depictions of basic studio matter to spectacular circus scenes, Tadeusz obsessively mastered his medium in both smaller and monumental scales.
    STUDIO is organized by ESMoA in collaboration with LACMA. The exhibition is curated by LACMA exhibition associate Nana Bahlmann and is accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue The World is the Studio is the World(Daab Media), with contributions by LACMA’s CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Michael Govan, as well as Bahlmann; Bernhard Zünkeler, Director of artlab21; and the artist’s widow, Petra Lemmerz. STUDIO is part of an initiative by LACMA to partner with communities and organizations in all five districts of Los Angeles County – making ESMoA a perfect fit.
    For more information on STUDIO and ESMoA, please contact Andrea Schnoor Communications at