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The Essential Art Book Collection


Who better to curate a collection of art book essentials than Phaidon, the publisher credited with having "invented the art book"?


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Price: USD$794.00 USD$560.00

Who better to curate a collection of art book essentials than Phaidon, the publisher credited with having "invented the art book"? These stunningly produced, meticulously edited and exquisitely illustrated titles cover all sides of artistic endeavor, from prehistoric times to the present day.

Some examine man's earliest artworks, while others describe the latest developments in painting, sculpture and performance art. With this selection in hand you can understand art history, unpick the knotty ideas that lie beneath today's most important works, venture across the globe to take in the finest site-specific public artworks ever created, and get an insiders' guide to the cities currently on the rise within the art world.

This exclusive collection has been carefully selected by Phaidon's own editorial board, to give both dedicated gallery goers and art initiates the opportunity discover an entire world of artistic practice art through the prism of 13 impeccably conceived large-format books.

Here are just a few things the critics have to say:

"Gombrich has done more than any other human being to draw people towards an enlightened understanding of art. Wearing his immense learning lightly, tackling abstract ideas without losing his readers in jargon, he has attracted a devoted following." —The Sunday Times on The Story of Art

"The definitive guide to the medium of painting today." —Artnet News on Vitamin P3

"Beautifully produced... An absorbing and enlightening gallop through art. The careful balance of digestible chunks of information with beautiful images makes this equally rewarding as a dip-into coffee table book or a cover to cover read. " —Royal Academy of Arts Magazine on Art in Time

"The book's approach to the contemporary avant-garde is brilliantly executed through unique analysis." —Aestethica on Art Cities of the Future

"Illuminating ... Prepare to be inspired." —HungerTv on The 21st-Century Art Book

This collection includes:

The Story of Art: Luxury Edition: Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text – the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student.

Vitamin P3: The next installment in the popular Vitamin series - the world's hottest painters, selected by international expert.

The Art Book: An accessible A–Z guide to artists from medieval times to the present day.

Painting Beyond Pollock: A lively and accessible history of European and American painting from the mid-20th century onwards.

Body of Art: The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries.

Art Cities of the Future: Forget New York, London and Paris – the old establishment is being challenged by a new order of art communities seizing the contemporary art agenda around the world.

Art in Time: An up-to-date guide to the most significant art styles and movements from the present to antiquity.

Art & Place: The most spectacular, uplifting and outstanding examples of site-specific art in the Americas.

Cave Art: A comprehensive, accessible guide to prehistoric art in Europe and beyond.

The Elements of Sculpture: The essential viewer’s guide to experiencing sculpture.

The 21st-Century Art Book: A complement to the landmark The Art Book, The 21st-Century Art Book is an accessible guide to the best of contemporary art made since 2000.

Sculpture Today: A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated overview of contemporary sculpture.

Wild Art: From pimped cars and graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture and flash mobs, this book has them all.



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The Story of Art

"As a humane, uncomplicated but unpatronising account of art from prehistoric cave daubs to twentieth-century splurges, Gombrich's Story of Art is just what its title promises: more of a story than a work of reference, yet that as well."—Business Weekly

Vitamin P3

"The definitive guide to the medium of painting today."—Artnet News

Body of Art:

"A sumptuous and continually surprising survey... The editors have grouped their pictures in thought-provoking ways... Short interpretive texts make the correspondences more resonant." —RA Magazine

Painting Beyond Pollock:

"Thought-provoking... [Falconer] writes well, cites many a worthwhile quotation, and includes lots of good reproduction... Useful primer... Enjoyable... A huge achievement, somewhat akin to Norbert Lynton's The Story of Modern Art." —The Art Newspaper

The Story of Art

"As a humane, uncomplicated but unpatronising account of art from prehistoric cave daubs to twentieth-century splurges, Gombrich's Story of Art is just what its title promises: more of a story than a work of reference, yet that as well."—Business Weekly

Vitamin P3

"The definitive guide to the medium of painting today."—Artnet News

Body of Art:

"A sumptuous and continually surprising survey... The editors have grouped their pictures in thought-provoking ways... Short interpretive texts make the correspondences more resonant." —RA Magazine

Painting Beyond Pollock:

"Thought-provoking... [Falconer] writes well, cites many a worthwhile quotation, and includes lots of good reproduction. ...useful primer ...enjoyable ...a huge achievement, somewhat akin to Norbert Lynton's The Story of Modern Art." —The Art Newspaper


 

 

 
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