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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



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The Story of Art:

"Like every art historian of my generation, my way of thinking about pictures has been in large measure shaped by Ernst Gombrich. I was 15 when I read The Story of Art and like millions since, I felt I had been given a map of a great country, and with it the confidence to explore further without fear of being overwhelmed."—Neil MacGregor, former Director of the National Gallery, London, 1995

"Almost as well known as the Mona Lisa, Sir Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art unites learning and pleasure."—Pierre Rosenberg, Président-Directeur, Musée du Louvre, Paris

"More people... have been introduced to the world of fine art, in the last 45 years, though Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art than through any other single book."—Christopher Frayling, Professor of Cultural History, Royal College of Art, London

"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

"Lucid and endlessly informative."—The Good Book Guide

"His populist approach comes from his childhood in Vienna, where art was for everyone, not just for stuffed shirts."—The Mail on Sunday

Vitamin P3:

"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

The Art Book:

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

"The new edition of "The Art Book" is perhaps most ideal for newcomers to art but will be enjoyable for almost anyone interested in art."—jsonline.com

"100 additional artworks to gaze at in awe."—We Love This Book

Painting Beyond Pollock:

"Every bit as comprehensive and authoritative as E. H. Gombrich's The Story of Art... Concepts and movements are explained concisely, while the range of art covered [...] is both diverse and inspiring." —Artists & Illustrators

"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

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 few months ago, Body of Art arrived in the post. I plonked it down on a coffee table pile. I've lost count of the number of times I've picked it up since. One moment I am talking to a visitor, the next they have vanished into a gawping reverie as they flip, fascinated, through its pages." —The Independent

"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

"A browser's delight, its chief virtue is juxtaposition... Body of Art is one of those compendious volumes so useful for looking things up." —The Spectator

"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

"An extensive survey of unique and diverse representations of the human body... guaranteed to impress art and anatomy lovers alike." —Interview.com

Art Cities of the Future:

"It's a clever person who can pinpoint the art world's geographical tours-de-force of the future and an even smarter one who pens a book on the subject. Such is the prescience behind Art Cities of the Future." —Vanity Fair on Art

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

Art in Time:

"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

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

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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