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September 2, 2014, 3:06 am

A to Z intro to great art reissued

‘The Art Book’ is updated, expanded


In 1994, Phaidon Press editors designed an art dictionary which presented great works of art not by genre or era, but by artists in A-Z order. It went on to sell over a million copies to readers of all ages who loved the alphabetical format, with Malevich next to Man Ray next to Manet, etc. Almost 20 years later Phaidon is releasing its first re-issue of the groundbreaking book, with 100 new works, now including photography, performance art and video installations. Updated and expanded with 600 color illustrations, “The Art Book” (New Edition, $59.95) is a behemoth 592-page compendium of information. The book features six works that are held in Philadelphia-based arts institutions.

“The Art Book” is for all those who wish to learn about art without being overwhelmed by complicated theories and art historical developments.

“ ‘The Art Book’ is a journey through the lives of great men and women who have put themselves on the line by bringing their intimate thoughts and experiments and putting them in the public eye,” said Amanda Renshaw, Phaidon editorial director. “These are the people who have helped us look at the world in a completely different way. Whether it’s Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ that is inspired by the horrors of war; whether it’s Gerhardt Reciter’s ongoing and incredible passion and love story that he had with paint; whether it’s Donald Judd’s sense of space, or Sophia Cal’s artistic detective work, or even Thomas Struth’s photographs of us looking at paints—‘The Art Book’ is an incredible journey through these amazing men and women.”

“The Art Book “and its revolutionary presentation of art is the result of the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists and academics.

“Great art can be exciting, inspiring and thought -provoking, but it can also be confusing,” explained Renshaw. “Key to the ‘Art Book’s’ success is its simplicity. It’s an easy way into that world that is exciting and inspiring—and it’s a door that’s open to everyone.”


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