It began as Taschen Comics publishing Benedikt's extensive comic collection.
Taschen has been a noteworthy force in making lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores, including some fetishistic imagery, queer art, historical erotica, pornography and adult magazines (including multiple books with Playboy magazine).
Taschen has helped bring this art into broader public view, by publishing these potentially controversial volumes alongside its more mainstream books of comics reprints, art photography, painting, design, fashion, advertising history, film, and architecture.
In the spring of 2014 Taschen's Basic Art Series received major criticism in public media for its focus on male artists. The series consists of 97 books, 5 of which are of female artists. Malm?0?2 Konsthall in Sweden was the first institution to highlight the problem