The American Art Book

An overview of the most influential American artists in A-Z format.

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors


Price: USD$11.95



  • An unparalleled overview of the most influential American artists from colonial times to the present, in an accessible A-Z format
  • Presents 500 artists and their works, from Puritan portraits to the Hudson River School and the American Impressionists, to the videos and digital works of today's Conceptual artists
  • Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate and a descriptive text that explains the image and introduces its creator
  • Like the enormously successful The Art Book, this survey departs from the usual emphasis on genres and time periods
  • Includes a glossary of artistic terms and movements, and a directory of public collections across the United States and around the world with important holdings in American art
  • Compact mini format presents all the same material as the original hardback version (also available from Phaidon) in a handy size

In The Press

'Embracing everything from Folk Art to Pop Art, this is a lavish glimpse not only into American Art, but into the history of the century as well.' (The Times)

'Well-produced and broad in its selection, ranging from Pollock and Sargent to Anna (Grandma) Moses, it is a highly comprehensive and thought-provoking publication.' (Good Book Guide)

'Avoids the obvious, evoking each artists best-known work with accessible alternates.' (US News World Report)

'The writers are a heavy-hitting group of critics and curators ... even the most casual art lovers will find inspiration and illumination.' (The Christian Science Monitor)

'Lends itself to surprising and stimulating visual juxtapositions.' (Folk Art)

About the author(s)
This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists, and academics.


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