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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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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:

"The country's bestselling book on art, never out of print, still in demand (and not just by students) and one of the few 'gift books' that actually gets read. The work is not so simplistic as the title implies, but it is this very title that rendered the book enormously attractive in 1950 to a new sort of book buyer: the self-educator. This field was set to grow, publishers eagerly wooing punters into buying the one big book on every impossibly massive but key subject. But with Gombrich, art was all sewn up."—The Times on The Story of Art

"Body of Art juxtaposes Sandro Botticelli's Venus with Vanessa Beecroft's army of naked women, the iconic head of Nefertiti, and the work of Ryan Trecartin, among many other artists, to stunning effect. Highly recommended." —Artnet on Body of Art

"The perennial bestseller [ ... ] is back. … this classic art primer is a sure-fire bestseller" —The Bookseller on The Art Book

"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 on  Painting Beyond Pollock

"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." —RA Magazine on  Art in Time

"There is art by and for everyone in this book. [..] The 350 extraordinary artworks featured here are often moving, funny or shocking, celebrating the beauty and art in everything." —Shortlist on Wild Art

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

"Brilliant achievement. A great place to start to enjoy the art of sculpture. Clearly written and easy to follow. Well illustrated. Thoroughly recommended. A real treat." —Amazon 5 Star Review on The Elements of Sculpture

"A very significant A–Z of 21st Century artists from big names like Grayson Perry and Banksy to rising stars like Lucy Mackenzie and Theaster Gates. Illuminating ... Prepare to be inspired." —HungerTv.com on The Twenty First Century Art Book

"The scope of sculpture today has been addressed head-on by a seasoned authority. No matter what you know about the subject already, this is exciting stuff.—Artists and Illustrators on Sculpture Today

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

"A book to lose yourself in" —National Geographic Traveller on Art & Place

"Art, as this book makes beautifully clear, is a fundamental part of the human condition. … [an] accessible and well-organised book … This book […] should please anybody interested in either art or prehistory … And, in our fast-paced 21st-century world where art is so often equated with ephemeral values, it's salutary to be reminded of painting’s enduring place in a society that lasted five times longer than the whole of recorded history.'" —Art World on Cave Art

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.

Art Cities of the Future

"The book's approach to the contemporary avant-garde is brilliantly executed through unique analysis." —The Wall Street Journal

"What makes a city a hub for art? Curators, collectors, and dealers have tried for years to predict the cultural capitals of the future - cities that could challenge the dominance of centers like New York, London, and Berlin. Art Cities of the Future claims that Beirut, Bogotá, and the Romanian city of Cluj are among the 12 global cities to watch for exciting contemporary art. For now, New York and London can probably rest easy, but the editors at Phaidon have helped flame the debate about where the art world spotlight might shift in years to come." —Huffington Post

Art & Place

"A book to lose yourself in" —National Geographic Traveller

"The 500 or so works in Art & Place, a coffee table book so hefty that it's practically site-specific itself, are here to remind you that the term applies across the centuries? So among the sculptures, murals, earthworks and architectural carvings in this enjoyable page-turner of a book, the Easter Island heads coexist with a Picasso, and Donald Judd's boxes are never far from a Toltec pyramid." —The Wall Street Journal

Body of Art

"Body of Art juxtaposes Sandro Botticelli's Venus with Vanessa Beecroft's army of naked women, the iconic head of Nefertiti, and the work of Ryan Trecartin, among many other artists, to stunning effect. Highly recommended." —Artnet

"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

"The editors of Body of Art... had a daunting amount of material from which to choose for their survey of the human body across centuries and cultures. They have done so with real imagination, deftly mixing the old... with the new... and juxtaposing them in themes... The effects - and the similarities and differences - are continually surprising." —The Sunday Times

Cave Art

"Art, as this book makes beautifully clear, is a fundamental part of the human condition. … [an] accessible and well-organised book … This book […] should please anybody interested in either art or prehistory … And, in our fast-paced 21st-century world where art is so often equated with ephemeral values, it's salutary to be reminded of painting’s enduring place in a society that lasted five times longer than the whole of recorded history.'" —Art World

"This sumptuous book improves on the reality: there are almost 250 photographs here, showing some of the finest examples of this mysterious underground art. … If you want to really pore over this magnificent prehistoric artistic tradition, this is the book for you." —BBC History Magazine

Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting

"The new Vitamin P3 continues in the exceptional line of Vitamin P volumes." —Interview Online

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

Wild Art

"Authors David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro have bravely stepped out into the unknown, shone a light in the corners, looked under rocks and come back with a collection of the offbeat, outré, and overlooked treasures that exist outside the snobbish world of The Arterati. [...] £25 for a 480-page hardback including 350 illustrations represents exceptional value for money. " —Dazed Digital

"There is art by and for everyone in this book. [..] The 350 extraordinary artworks featured here are often moving, funny or shocking, celebrating the beauty and art in everything." —Shortlist

The Art Book

"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

The Story of Art, Luxury Edition

"The country's bestselling book on art, never out of print, still in demand (and not just by students) and one of the few 'gift books' that actually gets read. The work is not so simplistic as the title implies, but it is this very title that rendered the book enormously attractive in 1950 to a new sort of book buyer: the self-educator. This field was set to grow, publishers eagerly wooing punters into buying the one big book on every impossibly massive but key subject. But with Gombrich, art was all sewn up."—The Times

"The Story of Art has just about everything you need to follow the course of art from cave painting to David Hockney. I am surprised it's not yet been placed in hotels on the bedside table along with Gideon's Bible since Gombrich is as authoritative as the voice of God. The book has always been a pleasure to read and handle, the colour plates, now with many new additions, are excellent and the text is clear and straightforward, devoid of both pedantry and academic tedium."—The Birmingham Post

"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

"A wise and wide-ranging introduction to art history that will last and last."—The List

"Ernst Gombrich was the most famous art historian in the world. His reputation was based on a particular approach to the subject, or the mastery of a single period, than on the breadth of his interests and his skill at making the history of art interesting to a non-specialist public." —Independent

Art in Time

"Like Theseus’s string guiding him the Minotaur’s labyrinth, Art in Time leads the reader through the most important styles, schools and movements from art history, and how each movement built upon its predecessor. Understand how the disobediences of the day impacted on the world of art."—Vanity Fair

"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." —RA Magazine

The Elements of Sculpture

"Brilliant achievement. A great place to start to enjoy the art of sculpture. Clearly written and easy to follow. Well illustrated. Thoroughly recommended. A real treat." —Amazon 5 Star Review

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 Twenty First Century Art Book

"A very significant A–Z of 21st Century artists from big names like Grayson Perry and Banksy to rising stars like Lucy Mackenzie and Theaster Gates. Illuminating ... Prepare to be inspired." —HungerTv.com

Sculpture Today

"The scope of sculpture today has been addressed head-on by a seasoned authority. No matter what you know about the subject already, this is exciting stuff.—Artists and Illustrators


The Story of Art, Luxury Edition

"The Story of Art has just about everything you need to follow the course of art from cave painting to David Hockney. I am surprised it's not yet been placed in hotels on the bedside table along with Gideon's Bible since Gombrich is as authoritative as the voice of God. The book has always been a pleasure to read and handle, the colour plates, now with many new additions, are excellent and the text is clear and straightforward, devoid of both pedantry and academic tedium."—The Birmingham Post

Body of Art

"The editors of Body of Art... had a daunting amount of material from which to choose for their survey of the human body across centuries and cultures. They have done so with real imagination, deftly mixing the old... with the new... and juxtaposing them in themes... The effects - and the similarities and differences - are continually surprising." —The Sunday Times

The Art Book

"An anthology crackling with visual energy" —The Times

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

Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting

"The new Vitamin P3 continues in the exceptional line of Vitamin P volumes." —Interview Online

Art in Time

"Like Theseus’s string guiding him the Minotaur’s labyrinth, Art in Time leads the reader through the most important styles, schools and movements from art history, and how each movement built upon its predecessor. Understand how the disobediences of the day impacted on the world of art."—Vanity Fair


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