The Art Book: New Edition Art Book - Phaidon Press

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Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, the first edition of the The Art Book has been an outstanding success and has become a well-known landmark in the art book world.

The Art Book: New Edition presents 100 new artists, including, for the first time, Photographers and Performance Artists. Following the successful format of the original, the new edition is an A-Z guide to 600 artists from medieval to modern times. It debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. 

Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a definitive work, accompanied by an explanation of the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference and a feast for the eyes. 

  • The award-winning art book that has introduced millions of people worldwide to art and has been published in over 20 languages
  • An accessible, informative and fun A–Z guide to artists, from medieval times to the present day
  • Updated and expanded with 100 new works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, video, installations and performance art
  • Includes glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms

Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors.


  • Hardback
  • English
  • 29cm x 25cm
  • 592 pages
  • 600 colour illustrations

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