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The 20th Century Art Book

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  7,771 ratings  ·  19 reviews
One of the most complete representations of this century's art to hit the shelves in years, The 20th-Century Art Book offers 500 full-page reproductions, each by a different artist. No matter how famous, each artist has but one page, accompanied by a concise, informative block of text. Presented in alphabetical order, each artist, regardless of stature, is treated in exact ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published March 25th 1999 by Phaidon Press (first published 1996)
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Just Pitters
I love this small book, when Im trying to derive inspiration from something in order to start a piece of my own.

It features tons and tons of amazing works from Picasso, to O'Keefe, Matisse, Cezanne, Pollock, Klimt (Big Breath) Brancussi, Boccioni and Rodin.

My absolute favorite artist being Frida Kahlo because of her feminism, and weakness to her true love Diego, and beautiful bright colored works boldly portraying brutal agony of living life as a mexican woman in an age that wasn't ready for su
Mar 26, 2014 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Encyclopedists
Recommended to Alan by: Cover and concept
Well... it's a 20th-Century art book, anyway.

I read The 20th Century Art Book straight through, from Acconci to Zorio, which is perhaps not the best and certainly not the only way to use this brilliantly-conceived reference work, even though I personally enjoyed going through this book page by page, encountering old favorites and artists new to me in a sequence which owed nothing to schools, or regions, or influences. On equal terms.

Precisely equal terms, in fact. Each of the artists considered—
Each page contains a color reproduction of an artwork (500 artworks), and a couple of paragraphs of commentary about the work and its context. There is a note about the date, place, dimensions of the work, and the date of birth and (if applicable) death of the artist. 4 - 6 names of closely related artists are listed for most. It is probably no better and no worse than most other anthologies for including women, but did have one work each for two that are not always included, Kollwitz and Moders ...more
Kayleigh Bannigan
It's a good book to dip in and out of, yet even though the size of it is handy for being able to flip through quickly, it means that the images are rather small (but still of a high quality). The best thing about this book is the snippets of information, which makes you want to know more about that artist and their work, so whatever you do don't just pass them by, sometimes they are more interesting than the artwork itself.
Tomas Howells
my favourite collection of art in book form
This book was a great read!
Matt Vandegriff
Short review: I love all of the Phaidon Art books (and music books). The art books are just a wonderful collection from widely different sources and the books themselves are laid out beautifully. They are, of course, introductions to a spectrum of the artworld (time period, artist specific, genre, etc...), but a wonderful starting point for anyone curious in general, or interested in finding a direction to explore further.
Nigel Wilson
Although some of the art in this book is what I would class a being created by talented and inspiring people ( Bryan Organ for example).... Most of it could be have been created by a nursery school class of 4 year olds... All this is art.?... Really?
I really liked it. each page is a different artist. I discovered kandinsky whom I had not heard of before. It made some names at MoMA familiar.
I loved this book so much in high school art class that I had to own it as an adult. Still a flip through favourite.
Good selection of pieces and artists. Some of the descriptions were a bit trite and naff.
Great book! Large photos on each page with limited text (the way like art books).
Had I bought this book 4 years ago, I wouldn't have had to go to art school. Hur hur.
Colorful, informative and compactly sized, I thoroughly enjoyed it very much.
Excellent book, especially for college students studying art or art history.
Great small hand-held book full of art that folks aren't usually familiar with.
A great collection of artists. The descriptions are interesting and creative.
Christiana Guinle
ARTE , UMA MARAVILHA ,VALE A pena , recomendo!!!!!!!
Rebecca Gulotta
Fantastic reference on modern art.
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