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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 2 edition (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714864676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714864679
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adding over 100 new works to its roster and incorporating newer media like photography, performance art, and video installations, the new Art Book features the ways in which the art world has been reinvigorated in the last two decades. . .the book is a good start for those searching for the basic building blocks of a modern art eduction." - The Huffington Post

"The new edition of The Art Book is perhaps the most ideal for newcomers to art but will be enjoyable for almost anyone interested in art." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Art City

"The second edition of this popular, comprehensive reference tome has just enough biographical information on each of its alphabetically featured artists from all eras to quickly elevate a cocktail party conversation - or perhaps inspire a passion." - ForeWard Reviews

". . .each new work is a surprise and keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat. Tell me, when's the last time you heard anyone say that about going to an art gallery or opening up an art history text book?" - Blog Critics

"The updated A-to-Z guide of artists from medieval to modern times." - In Style

"Funky, colorful and convenient. . .it's not hard to see where the newness begins. All in all, 100 new works have been added to the alphabetized survey, making this a truly 21st-century reference book on art. Christmas stockings will bulge." - Canadian Art

"The Art Book is worth every penny of its hefty price; this 592-page A-to-Z volume is the art history class you wish you had taken: fun, refreshing, a take-home museum." - Reader's Digest

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This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists, and academics.

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Great coffee table book.
Julianne M. Bates
As a coffee table book it looks like hell, and considering it's about ART, people should have known better!!
Gayle Grace
The illustrations are well laid out with a good short description of each entry.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mary Wylie on October 22, 2012
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"The Art Book" is one of my favorite books of all time. It was the first (that I know of) to use the new format of placing artists' names alphabetically rather than chronologically or in historical periods, or according to "art movements." In the old format, you would see similar works of art all together. In this new format (now being copied in various books), the alphabetical listing of artists' names gives an almost "shocking", or even better, more enlightening effect where you might see a Medieval or Renaissance work on one page, then on the facing page would be a dazzling 1930's German Expressionist work. (I just made up that example, but it's close to the reality of what you will experience.) This is NOT just a "coffee table" book. It is, rather, a book that you will return to over the years and love, and loan to friends. Enjoy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roland on January 1, 2013
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This book was a Christmas gift for my uncle, who is a painter, and he absolutely love it. The book is huge, and really heavy. It's a book most people who are interested in art should have. Definitely one of the best gifts I have ever given. Great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Davis on October 2, 2013
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A collection of seminal art ordered alphabetically by artist, with selections from diverse eras of history and schools of art. Each artist gets one page with a single representative work depicted along with some explanatory text. There are over 500 artists included in this way. There is also a glossary explaining different art movements and schools. Excellent for simply flipping through at random to discover someone new!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Landers68 on February 13, 2014
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This book is massive, and I love flipping through it now and then just to browse... I am awed by some of the works done, and by artists who aren't as well known... It's a real treat for art lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kenny on January 31, 2014
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I have several dozen ART books, many devoted to individual artists, but this is a great book for anyone that wants to get to know the different aspects of art. Not everyone knows every artist so this is a good guide to look up an artist whose name you hear but do not know him/her. It only gives a page to each but it does show a major representative work by the artist. It is not perfect as many artists start out in one genre and migrate to another so you have to settle for a more "famous" work as representative. Still it is an asset for hard copy information. Some might find it arcane in this age of internet accessibility to a bounty of information easily obtainable on any artist but I am an old fart and I like paper books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Highlander on January 8, 2014
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with several hundred artists and their works discussed, this book gives one an excellent overview...in alphabetical order, the book gives you a page per artist with a quick discussion on the piece, the movement it relates to and a brief 2 line discussion about the artist...very much like the 20th century art book but it covers artists over a span of close to 1,000 years...what I've enjoyed is picking out those artist I want to know more about and have done so...great book for the money...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hashima Shata on September 10, 2013
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I got this both for my own and two teens who are interested, in teenish way, in art. Every bit helps. It is a good large compendium of works of art. The book is organized alphapatically , artists are listed in the manner of a telephone directory and then under each entry, name, there is a picture of the artists most representative or famous work. It is not analysis nor history nor commentary, just a directory of artists and their most, or more famous and known work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanda Wyatt on April 28, 2013
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I love the way this book is set up; contemporary art next to impressionistic, realism next to abstract, modern side-by-side classics. Alphabetically by artist name, a breif description of the artisit and the artisits work. A must have for any artist's library!
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