Taschen Books to Open Gallery

Spencer Lowell

Up first, photos from 'The Rolling Stones'

Taschen Books is moving beyond book publishing to open its first gallery in Los Angeles.

The new foray will open Dec. 13 with a show of photographs of the Rolling Stones, a selection of shots culled from its recent book, titled simply The Rolling Stones. The more-than-500-page tome, which was released in regular, collectors and art editions ranging in price from $150 to $20,000, was produced in close collaboration with the legendary rock band.

The show will spotlight a number of portraits of the band members by legendary 76-year-old fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey, the inspiration behind the 1966 film Blow-Up. "He's one of the great 20th century photographers," says Taschen Books founder Benedikt Taschen. "His portraits of the Stones are really outstanding."

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The publisher, which already owns and operates 11 of its own bookstores (including one in Beverly Hills and one at the old Farmer's Market), has taken a lease on the gallery space for two years. The art space is located in the old Design Within Reach space in mid-city at 8070 Beverly Blvd.

Taschen, who owns houses in Berlin and Los Angeles, tells THR that the lineup of exhibits for next year is still in formation. The publishers newest offerings include the limited-edition Barbra Streisand by Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller ($750), revealing 100 photos of the star during her early years in Hollywood, and the 712-page 75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen ($200)