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Favorite Art Book Publisher

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1ALinNY458
May 7, 2010, 10:54am

Specific content aside, I find sometimes that the decision to purchase a particular art book is often influenced by who the publisher is and their reputation for producing quality books. I might choose a book produced by Skira, Hudson Hills, or Yale University Press over books by Abrams or Taschen. Abrams is the worst in my opinion which is a shame because they used to be the leader 20 years ago.

Who do you think the best publishers are these days?

2carptrash
May 8, 2010, 3:37pm

I might not be of much help since most of my art books are at least 20 years old, but I still like Taschen because they go to places that other publishers don't - often on the popular even dark side of the art spectrum.

3lilithcat
May 8, 2010, 5:09pm

Pomegranate Books are beautifully done. I received one of their publications, Utagawa Kuniyoshi: the Sixty-nine stations of the Kisokaidō, as an ER book, and was completely blown away by the quality of it, text, reproductions, the physical book itself.

4dpbrewster
Editado: Oct 8, 2012, 5:29pm

The quality is spotty these days due to the increasing costs. The University presses, such as Yale, Princeton, and Cambridge continue to turn out high quality art books. So does Phaidon. Another thing I've noticed is that the highest quality art books these days seem to be printed in Italy regardless of where the publisher is located.

5LightGrenades
May 16, 2010, 4:18am

I think that Taschen is doing a really great job. Their books are diverse and you can always find something unexpected from them which is I think essential for every publisher, to be able to surprise their readers.

6Violette62
Abr 9, 2011, 7:57pm

It's Taschen for me too.

7Nicole_VanK
Abr 10, 2011, 5:55am

Agree with dpbrewster on the university presses.

Taschen - not generally a recommendation for me, but like carptrash said, they do have some unusual stuff (and I also like the fact that they are bringing relatively good art books to a broader audience).

I find Thames & Hudson and Phaidon mostly good too.

Sorry to hear Abrams took a down turn. I have some beautiful older books from them.

8jadeDRAGON9246
Editado: May 9, 2011, 3:02pm

From a forgotten book called Art Through the Ages, the bibliography notes after each chapter listed the Oxford University Press.Searching for art books printed before 1980 from the New York division of The Oxford University Press.Any online search tips would be greatly appreciated.TY

9cpi23
Jun 6, 2011, 4:17pm

Yale, specifically, has impressed me more than any other imprint.

10convivia
Editado: Jul 25, 2011, 11:22am

Had you asked me in the late 1950's when I was in high school, I'd have said Skira. Then my favorite art history prof debunked the quality of their reproductions. All the art history faculty stressed the inadequacy of art reproductions to convey the true nature of works of art. During the past 50+ years, I have found this to be increasingly true. It seems that the rasters and dots in laser printing found in most print publications today cannot capture natural tonalities well, and truly do not pick up textures such as oil impastos, etc., etc.

Abrams has fewer quality publications, I agree. To find the best art books in or out of print from any publisher, hustle to Strand Books near Union Square in New York City. I like nothing better than to browse up on the arts floor. It's a rare learning experience.

I feel so sad that I missed shopping at Wittenborn Books back in the 1950's and 1960's. I adored their publications, and the one time I got there, I had very little money to spend. I'm not quite sure when they closed their business.

Aperture books are a delight...and so is the International Center for Photography's bookshop.

I pounce upon any used Rizzoli magazines I lay my eyes on if they're under $5. IF....

I adore art periodicals.

Before Virgin Union Square store folded, I loved to browse among all their Taschens. They always had some at reduced price that were lots of fun.

By and large though, the publisher is less important to me than the content of the book. Some books attract me more in paperback, like the New Museum of Contemporary Art's Younger Than Jesus exhibition catalog.

1145thParallel
Oct 5, 2012, 6:11pm

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Have you seen art books from Frances Lincoln Ltd. Publishers in the U.K.?
Recent books include Rossetti: Painter and Poet by J.B. Bullen, Flower: Paintings by 40 Great Artists by Celia Fisher, In Search of Rex Whistler by Mirabel Cecil and Hugh Cecil, and Vintage '80's: London Street Photography by Johnny Stiletto.

If anyone likes to read art criticism, they have a wonderful book coming out that is a collection of essays by famous British historian Tom Lubbock. The new book is called English Graphic, but he is most well-known for Great Works.

12amysisson
Oct 5, 2012, 8:39pm

^45thParallel, please be aware that commercial advertising is not permitted under LibraryThing's terms of service (http://www.librarything.com/privacy). Since you represent Frances Lincoln, this would seem to apply to some of your recent posts.

1345thParallel
Oct 15, 2012, 2:29pm

Ok, I understand, but it IS relevant to the topic question. You specifically asked for publishers of art books, and I provided a list of several which fall in that category. Yes, we do represent them, but I don't think my post qualifies as commercial advertising when I was posting to share relevant, requested information.

1445thParallel
Oct 15, 2012, 2:30pm

Side question: does anyone read art blogs to find art books? Which blogs (or online magazines) do you like best?