The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy

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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 ...
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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.
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Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli believes in order: He has alphabetized alphabet soup; arranged individual French fries into neat groups of five; unscrambled salads into their constituent parts; and turned chaotic recreation areas into models of order. Even the sky and ideogram are not immune to his compulsive sense of organization. In this hardcover (which sold 100,000+ copies in meticulous Germany), he displays his reworking of a messy world we take for granted. Editor's recommendation.

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.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452114163
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 251,129
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Makes me laugh every time I look at it!

    This is art for those trending obsessive-compulsive. I really enjoy the book every time I pick it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Great fun

    A nice, provocative visual adventure.

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