"Art books which set standards" is the motto of Hirmer Publishers, and this commitment to the highest quality is reflected in awards and acclaim, as well as in partnerships with prestigious museums and artists who feature among the more than one thousand books the publisher has produced in the sixty-five years since its founding by Max Hirmer in 1948.
All the Beauty at Hand offers a concise history of Hirmer Publishers, with one hundred full-color illustrations that capture important milestones for the publisher. Hirmer Publishers has always published beautiful and intelligent art books. Its monographs and exhibition catalogs have collected the work of internationally acclaimed artists, from Titian and Picasso to Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud. In recent years, Hirmer Publishers has also broadened its publishing program to include books on contemporary art and artists, including Pierre Huyghe, John Baldessari, and Mike Kelley, among many others. The program also includes luxurious volumes about photography, architecture, and cultural history, as well as insightful scientific publications. A book about the people who care deeply about making books, All the Beauty at Hand pays much-deserved homage to one of the most respected publishers of art books.