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Like the art world, publishing art books is a global endeavour. There’s Phaidon and Thames & Hudson in the UK and Switzerland’s Jrp|Ringier, but Germany dominates the art-book market, thanks to its sheer number of houses and breadth of content. While Köln-based Taschen is a household name, a good dozen other major German publishers also create exhibition catalogues and monographs, alongside smaller houses making small-run editions. All enjoy a following.

“Germans buy a lot of art books. It’s simply part of German Bildungsbürger [educated bourgeois]…

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