12 books of Christmas: Painting Today

Our 12 books of Christmas series continues with Phaidon’s hefty survey of contemporary painting, Painting Today.

The modern painting fan in your life would be happy to find Painting Today under their tree. A comprehensive look at the paintings of the last 40 years—oils, watercolors, and more—this $75 behemoth is full of stunning images and knowledgeable commentary from Tony Godfrey, who works at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and is a Fine Arts professor. The book is divided into sections by topic: neo-expressionism, pure abstraction, landscape art, the figure, post-feminism, and more, and the 500+ images are by artists of every background.

Do you have a favorite modern artist? Tell us in the comments before noon CST tomorrow, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Painting Today. Sorry, US residents only.

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Other great gift ideas can be found in our holiday catalog.

9 Responses to 12 books of Christmas: Painting Today

  1. Anne Patterson says:

    My favorite modern artist is my boyfriend’s mother, Lucy Krieg. I love the range of styles that she paints in and would be so happy to give her this book for Christmas!

  2. Deanna says:

    Edward Hopper — his paintings are noir film, short story, Twilight Zone episode, want ad and epic novel all at once.

  3. Reta says:

    Painting is something I have enjoyed for years. I never taken classes. I have read and checked out books from the library. Haven’t had the money to buy the good books. I would love to have this in my small bookcase.

  4. ruth says:

    My favorite modern artist is Salvador Dali. His work takes my breath away and has such impact. He was very versatile and did sculpting as well. I teach art at a high school so this would be a wonderful gift.

  5. Fran says:

    My favorite modern artist is Mary Cassatt. Her paintings of mothers and children are beautiful and all the more stunning as she was never a mother herself.

  6. jenny says:

    Cy Twombly – his work made me take a serious look at modern art and it changed the way I looked at things.

  7. […] green monster in me: I’ll admit I considered entering contests for the Penguin Classics and Painting Today under a different […]

  8. laurie blum says:

    I am a watercolorist & would be totally thrilled to win a copy of Painting Today!

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