Updated for only the third time in its 16-year history, this edition of The Art Book includes 40 new artists among its more than 600, and spans from medieval to modern times. What continues to be exciting about this book are the dynamic pairings that occur as a result of arranging the book alphabetically by artist rather than classified by category. A page on Joan Mitchell opposite a page on Zanele Muholi forces you to consider them in relation to each other, not just on their own, and I love it. An excellent book for any art enthusiast.— S.B.
The Art Book, an award-winning art survey
Spotlighting more than 600 great artists from medieval to modern times, The Art Book has been translated in 20 languages and has introduced millions of people around the world to art and artists in an accessible, acclaimed A-Z guide.
Breaking with traditional classifications, it throws together brilliant examples from all periods, schools, visions, and techniques, presenting an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich, multifaceted culture. Each artist is represented by a key work and an informative, explanatory text on the piece and its creator.
The 2020 edition includes 40 additional works, including overlooked historical and cutting-edge contemporary artists. Artists featured for the first time in this edition include: Berenice Abbott, Hilma af Klint, El Anatsui, Romare Bearden, Mark Bradford, Cao Fei, Cecily Brown, Judy Chicago, John Currin, Guerrilla Girls, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Kerry James Marshall, Joan Mitchell, Zanele Muholi, Takashi Murakami, Louise Nevelson, Clara Peeters, Jenny Saville, Wolfgang Tillmans, and more.
Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors