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The Art Book: New Edition, Mini Format Paperback – September 25, 2014
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"The perennial bestseller is back. This classic art primer is a sure–fire bestseller." – The Bookseller
"Still one of the best books on art, this is a superb gift for art lovers, as well as a useful introduction to those new to the study of art." – The Good Book Guide
"An anthology crackling with visual energy." – The Times
"Big, fun, well designed." – Wall Street Journal
"A great resource." – The Washingtonian
"Innovative." – Chicago Sun Times
"As a visual source book, its first class." – Brisbane News"
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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 starter book with a wonderful variety of classic and questionable works.
It is small, but thick, and easy to have by the bedside to see all the excellent art of the world. I have taken it
on vacations to get my daily "art fix" and see the art in a fresh way each time I leaf through it. Excellent to have around!
Presented alphabetically, rather than chronologically, this dynamic little tome makes great browsing, and helps you to look at art in a way we don't usually -- outside of its historical context. The paper and color plates are of the first quality and the text is informative. It's fun to see which work was chosen as typical of your favorite artists, and it's fun to try and guess the period in which an artist worked before you read the information.
Because so much is fit into such a small volume, some readers may be frustrated at the small print, though the font is quite clean. The book closes with glossaries of technical terms and artistic movements and a directory of museums and galleries, organized by country, that includes address, phone number and a list of the book's works that they own. (Maybe the next edition will also include web sites?)
Phaidon Press has done you a service by publishing this pithy treasure. Buy it now!