The Art BookPhaidon Editors

The Second Edition of The Art Book is a substantially expanded and updated version of the hugely successful original. Introducing 100 new artists selected from all periods and from across the globe, the new edition includes for the first time leading figures from the fields of photography and performance art. Works and text entries for a selection of artists from the original have also been updated.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 163 × 123 mm (6 3/8 × 4 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 600 pp
  • Illustrations: 575 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714867960

This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists, and academics.

"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