The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy

The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy

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by Ursus Wehrli
     
 
The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up. Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously arranged images have garnered blog love from NPR, Brain

Overview

The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up. Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously arranged images have garnered blog love from NPR, Brain Pickings, swissmiss, and more. Tapping into the desire for organization and the insanity of über-order, Wehrli humorously categorizes everyday objects and situations by color, size, and shape. He arranges alphabet soup into alphabetical order, sorts the night sky by star size, and aligns sunbathers' accoutrements—all captured in bright photographs sure to astonish even the pickiest of neat freaks.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Steven Heller
…Wehrli…humorously transforms chaotic messes and random compositions from everyday life—the toys in a child's sandbox, a bouquet of flowers, mixed-fruit salad and even the star-studded night sky—into orderly rows of similar objects…Some of Wehrli's notions are more predictable than others, but there is still a surprise on every spread…The book is a great example of how a compulsion for obsession can make for obsessively interesting art.
From the Publisher
"A surprise on every spread.... The book is a great example of how a compulsion for obsession can make for obsessively interesting art." - NYTimes.com

"The photographs are not only visually compelling, but they serve as a fascinating look into an alternative reality in which chaos has given way to careful geometry." - Cool Hunting

"Organizers, prepare to swoon." - Fast Company.com

"Ever wish your alphabet soup was actually legible? Your fruit salad arranged into rows? Maybe not, but there's something undeniably pleasing about The Art of Clean Up, a photo book by Swiss comedian and visual artist Ursus Wehrli." -- People magazine

"Brilliant.... There's a cumulative humor to these bright, sharp photographs, and a deep puckish cleverness in Wehrli's choices. It's the rare art book that provokes laughs, while still earning admiration for color and composition; it's funny and beautiful. " - The A.V. Club

"At once utterly delightful and playfully philosophical." - Brain Pickings

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452114163
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
385,741
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Ursus Wehrli is an award-winning comedian, live performer, and freelance artist. He lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

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The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is art for those trending obsessive-compulsive. I really enjoy the book every time I pick it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice, provocative visual adventure.