The company began as Taschen Comics and published Benedikt's comic book collection. Taschen has been a pioneer in making lesser-known art available to mainstream bookstores, including some fetishistic statues, queer art, historical erotica, pornography and adult magazines (including several books featuring Playboy magazine). The company has brought potentially controversial art into wider public view by publishing it alongside its more mainstream books with reprints of comics, art photography, painting, design, fashion, advertising history, film and architecture.
Taschen publications come in a variety of formats, from extra-large book volumes to small pocket-sized books. The company has also produced calendars, address books and postcard sets.
In 1985, Taschen introduced the Basic Art series with an inaugural title on Salvador Dalí. Today the series includes more than 100 titles available in as many as thirty languages, each about a different artist, from classical to contemporary. Further series followed, in addition to expanding into new themes such as architecture, design, film and lifestyle. As an example, the agency is also publishing a "Basic Architecture" series in the same style as "Basic Art," covering some of history's most prominent architects.
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