The Art Book: New Edition Giveaway

December 14, 2012 Book ReviewsGiveaways

My cheap Ikea bookshelves are buckling from the weight of owning a wall of heavy art books. So, I fight myself to not buy anymore but I recently saw “The Art Book:New Edition” at the SFMoMA book store and I had to have it. It is now my new favorite art book to flip through while sitting on my couch and drinking tea. It’s fun, colorful, not intimidating and easy to search through with an easy A–Z format of the greatest painters, photographers and sculptors from medieval times to the present day. It is now sitting on my coffee table as not add to the problem occurring on my bookshelves.

I wrote to the publisher, Phaidon Press, that my readers would be very interested in this book and I would love a copy to do a giveaway for the holidays. I know you love free things, especially a hardcover, vibrant art book that would also make an impressive gift. Here are more details about the book:

Hardback 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in

592 pages

600 artists/ 600 color illustrations

Published 2012

Value is $59.95

To win a brand new copy of The Art Book: New Edition by Phaidon Press:

In the comments section of this post, answer the question, “What is your favorite piece of art work?” It could be something you have seen or wish to see one day. My favorite changes frequently but I will reveal my current one in my next post.


For your comment to be eligible you must either “like” me on Facebook or “follow me” on Twitter. Thanks!

I’ll pick one winner, at random (using and announce them on Christmas Day, December 25th.

Good luck! But if you don’t win this time, you can always get the book directly from Phaidon Press or at

About the Authors:

This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists and academics.

All photos are from The Art Book: New Edition, copyright © 2012, published by Phaidon Press

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  1. alisa 12.24.2012

    I like Vincent van gogh starry night!

  2. Shareen Mioskowski 12.24.2012

    I follow you on FB.

  3. Jessica B 12.23.2012

    I am in love with Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters becomes a Portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Salvador Dali. I am sitting in front of my signed print right now. I liked museum chick on facebook as Jessica Bracho

  4. Szabina L 12.23.2012

    Amazing book *_*
    I adore Alfons Mucha’s Flowers series (and also Klimt’s masterpieces -they’ve a feminine and ethereal essence *_*)

    FB:Szabina Luzics
    thank You!

  5. miranda 12.22.2012

    I love Monet’s paintings from Giverny

  6. Susan Obryant 12.22.2012

    It may be a slightly cliche answer, but my favorite artist is Claude Monet and I adore his water lilies works. But if I could only select one piece to see in person, it would be his Garden at Sainte-Adresse. That one has always stood out in my memory; I believe it was the first impressionist painting that caught my attention as a young girl.

    I like you on FB (Susan Obryant).

  7. Katherine Hahn 12.22.2012

    Starry Night by VanGogh!

  8. deanna 12.22.2012

    like you on FB as deanna time
    fave: Andy Goldsworthy art (I don’t know if any have names, but I like the stuff with leaves)

  9. Laura 12.22.2012

    I really enjoy Salvador Dali’s interpretation of heaven with the holy trinity.

  10. Vivien Lee 12.21.2012

    I like La Belle Dame Sans Merci. I liked you on Facebook,

  11. Gale 12.20.2012

    My favorite artwork is Hokusai’s waves. I love the style, the emotion in it, the colors, everything.

  12. jovana petrovic 12.18.2012

    wow what a great gift

    • MuseumChick 12.21.2012

      Hi Jovana- I’m glad you like it. Do you have a favorite art work? something you have seen lately perhaps.

  13. Marija 12.17.2012

    I adore Magritte, especially his painting “The False Mirror.”

  14. Robin from Israel 12.17.2012

    Just one? No question, it has to be a marble relief entitled Madonna and Child with Angels, a minor piece by Agostino di Duccio that is hanging in the Bargello Museum in Florence. It had such a profound impact on me that I came straight home and blogged about it and still remember it clearly all these years later.

    PS Following you on FB now and delighted to have discovered your blog.

  15. Ezzy 12.17.2012

    My favorite artist of all time is Leonid Afremov. I absolutely love each of his oil paintings. Would really love to invest in his art pieces. My favorite being ‘Dancing Under the Rain’. Love the use of colors & motion with the palette knife technique. This one has a romantic attachment to it. If you ever fall in love & get to spend some precious moments with your lover under the rain, you would know why ;)

    Following you on twitter @InsiyaE

  16. Valerie Theberge 12.16.2012

    I like this one:
    La Tentation de St Antoine – Salvador Dali (1946)

    but i like a lot of others things!

    I like your facebook page and a follow you on twitter:
    Valerie Theberge @valerietheberge

  17. Wienna Lee 12.16.2012

    I love Durers Self-Portraits, especially the 1500 and 1498 ones :)

    • MuseumChick 12.21.2012

      Oh yes! And I love his “Hare”. I “drew” a kids coloring page of that

      • Wienna Lee 12.21.2012

        Oh yes, that’s another nice one! :) Most of his work is just fantastic! He’s one of my all time favourite artists, alongside Dali, Botero and Boucher. :)

        And I should print those colouring pages for my little sister, she would enjoy those. ^_^

  18. Randy Roberts 12.16.2012

    Brutus by Michelangelo.

  19. Erin 12.16.2012

    Mine changes too! But right now I’ll say… St. Moritz by Tamara de Lempicka.
    I liked you on fb (erin d)

  20. Christina Zhao 12.16.2012

    I…can’t choose. My favorites do range from abstract to impressionist, though, but I’d say I LOVE the street art in cities, although it’s vandalism I love to look at it

  21. Maegan Morin 12.15.2012

    Facebook (same name)
    Twitter: @zaira_faith

    My favorite piece of art is a painting that my sister made for me. Its gigantic and its a princess facing off with a dragon. I really love it. It may not be famous but its my favorite.

    • MuseumChick 12.21.2012

      Hi Maegan- I like that a few people, including you have picked family made pieces. It’s very thoughtful. Thanks for your comments.

      • Maegan Morin 12.21.2012

        It really means that much to me :D

  22. Maeve 12.15.2012

    My favourite pice of art is Serenity by Maurice Chabas. It quiets my mind every time I see it at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  23. DESPINA 12.15.2012

    One piece only?
    Well, I must say Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, I search for this sky all my life…
    I follow you on Twitter (@DESPINA_VNT)

    • MuseumChick 12.21.2012

      Hi Despina- I won’t hold you to one piece. I know it’s difficult. Starry Night is a good and popular one. Maybe you can see something similar in real life in the north when the Northern Lights are out.

  24. Vida 12.15.2012

    At the moment my favourite piece of art is Dali’s Persistence of Memory

    (following on twitter – papvida)

  25. leslie 12.15.2012

    van gogh’s irises…

  26. sheila elliot 12.15.2012

    My favorite changes too, but I always come back to Thayer’s girl with the angel wings — it was his daughter and she posed standing against swan wings on the wall behind her

    • MuseumChick 12.21.2012

      Hi Sheila- Yes, I remember you liked that one. Her face is so sweet and intense. Thanks for the comment!

  27. Erica 12.15.2012

    My favorite art piece is the Nike of Samothrace, she’s on a landing in between stairs at the Louvre and I want to go see her so bad!

    PS. I like you on facebook

  28. Jessica P. 12.15.2012

    One of my favorite art works is definitely The Kiss by Galerie Belveder. So beautiful!

    (I liked you on FB – Jessica Peltz)

    • MuseumChick 12.21.2012

      Hi Jessica- So romantic! I love Klimt too.

  29. debbie 12.15.2012

    I have to say starry night. When my son was younger, he “helped” me do a sidewalk verson of it. He has loved art ever since. I would love to actually see that painting.

    • MuseumChick 12.15.2012

      Hi Debbie- Are you close to NYC? It’s on view at the MoMA.

      • debbie 12.16.2012

        No, I’m not, but I sure wish I was.

  30. Julie B. 12.15.2012

    Starry Night by Van Gogh is probably my favorite, because it just seems to alive and organic.

    following you on twitter as jhitomi

  31. Debie Grace 12.15.2012

    I like Michelangelo’s Pieta. For me is the most powerful work of art. It shows emotions that Mary felt looking at her son. It’s painful to go deeper to that work of art but I really, really would love to see it in person soon. I know I will be amazed by looking just how beautiful it is.

    BTW, I liked your Facebook page :)

  32. Caroline Bock 12.15.2012

    I follow you on facebook. My favorite piece at this moment is Seurats’ Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. My favorite piece changes for time to time too.

  33. Hannah A 12.15.2012

    My favorite piece of art is probably currently this Leopard Girl by Rik Lee

    I also follow you on FB – Hannah Adkins

  34. Sara 12.15.2012

    My favorite artist at the moment is Sheila Rock. I love to have one of her horses in my living room…
    Also following on twitter (@Sarit_Gabay)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. R.Mueller 12.15.2012

    My favorite piece of art is the very first piece my now 18 yr old daughter brought home from school. She is now on her way to Art school in June to begin a new life of knowledge…so that “first” piece will always be the most special.
    Winning this would be so awesome and mean so much.

    • MuseumChick 12.15.2012

      Hi- You are the only person so far to mention a child’s work. That’s really touching. Thanks for your comment.

  36. Sherry F 12.14.2012

    I don’t know what my favorite piece would be as it changes. Right now I am in love with encaustic wax works such as those by Robin Luciano Beaty The depth and translucence of them is so beautiful. One of my first experiences with actual master works was seeing an exhibition of Munch’s work in Seattle back in the 70′s. They were so striking. I was mesmerized by “Workers Returning Home”. The men seemed to be actually trudging into the room and the expression in their eyes was so bleak and hopeless. I felt I could actually feel the heat of fever coming off the canvas from “The Sick Child”. His works weren’t beautiful in the normal sense of that word but they have haunted me through the years. That truly is art, isn’t it?

    I like you on FB and follow on twitter (scylla7777)

    I would love to have this book. Hope you pick me.

  37. Erica Jones 12.14.2012

    How do you pick just one??? Argh! O.K., if I have to. I’m going with Joseph Cornell’s A Swan Lake for Tamara Toumanova. It’s beautiful and understated, and a perfect example of Cornell’s devotion to artistic women. His shadow boxes are tiny, but when you see them in person, they tend to draw big fat tears out of you.

    • MuseumChick 12.15.2012

      Hi Erica- I know, it’s an impossible question but I really won’t hold you to just one :) Cornell’s work sounds beautiful. I’m going to look it up now. Thanks for you comment!

  38. leslie 12.14.2012

    I am very fortunate to have a favorite artwork right in my own community. A local arts patron donated her house as a public museum, and there is a gorgeous floor to ceiling mirror in a Dali frame…absolutely amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • MuseumChick 12.15.2012

      Hi Leslie- Wow, I’ve never seen a Dali frame. Sounds great. What town are you in?

      • Leslie 12.15.2012

        Hi- it’s at the Biedenharn House in Monroe, Louisiana. :)

  39. Elizabeth M 12.14.2012

    I liked you on facebook…I can’t say what my favorite piece of art is….I like the art that came out of the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood for the aesthetic beauty of it. But then I also like more modern conceptual art as well….for example “The Dinner Party” by Judy Chicago is pretty amazing. I would love to win this book. Thanks

    • leslie 12.14.2012

      I almost chose the Dinner Party too- would love to see it!

  40. I liked you on Facebook as Chestnut Mocha and I love everything by Gustav Klimt!
    Thank you!

  41. Julika 12.14.2012

    That is such a tough question… There are so many art works that deeply touched me throughout the past years! I think I would go for the Codex Manesse, because the illustrations are amazing! :)

  42. Keya Millionie 12.14.2012

    I love Banksy’s Street Art

    I follow on FB

    • MuseumChick 12.14.2012

      Hi Keya, Cool pick and thanks for “following” me.

  43. Wafa Al-Alawi 12.14.2012

    I absolutely love the idea of an art book for a giveaway, and yes! I do love free stuff. I hope this giveaway is open internationally.
    Choosing one artwork as my favorite is pretty tough! I appreciate a lot of things, I adore Caravaggio and fashion illustrations. Since, I’ve just recently stumbled upon the great gallery of Jason Brooks, and I’m going through a very delicate phase, my current favorite is Lipstick by Jason Brooks –,480,0,20,90,2039583,968358577
    Thanks for a lovely giveaway. Please read and follow my blog if you have the time and if you are into fashion. I’d really appreciate it.


    • MuseumChick 12.14.2012

      Hi Wafa- Yes, it is open worldwide. Thanks for your comment!

  44. jennifer 12.14.2012

    I like you on fb :) Also my favorite for a while is starry night. It just provides a constant escape for me..

  45. evamarie c 12.14.2012

    Yay! Another giveaway! I cannot pick just ONE favorite. One art installment that just popped into my head is called Placebo by Roxy Paine. It’s a full size, stainless steel, leafless tree set in Forst Park among the other trees. It’s beautiful during the winter but some think it’s an acquired taste.

    • MuseumChick 12.14.2012

      Hi Evemarie- I know, I really asked an impossible question. I’m having a hard time picking my favorite right now too. I just looked up Placebo- cool pick!

  46. Ashley 12.14.2012

    I LOVE “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” by Manet.

    • MuseumChick 12.14.2012

      Hi Ashley- Great pick. I had to look it up because I forgot this one. The removed look on her face is interesting.

  47. Randi 12.14.2012

    My favorite is Michelangelo’s David, which I have been lucky enough to see in person.

  48. FrenchtwistDC 12.14.2012

    The Catellan retrospective at the Guggenheim was pretty overwhelming too…

  49. FrenchtwistDC 12.14.2012

    That’s a tough question, seen a lot of great art…and have even more I still need to see ;-) But I remember just how overwhelmed I felt the first time I saw Guernica at the Reina Sofia museum. So I’ll say guernica.

    • MuseumChick 12.14.2012

      Hi! How lucky you were able to see such a dynamic piece of art. When I was in Madrid the Reina Sofia was closed. I was able to visit the Prado but hopefully I’ll go back one day.

  50. Emelina Hagerskans 12.14.2012

    Wow, what luxury! I’m rather ashamed to say I don’t know that much about art, even though two of my best friends are artists. I used to loathe Dalí, but for some reason I read a book about him, and found a couple of paintings that really got me. So favourite, -right now-, is Salvador Dalí. Perhaps a pretty lame choice, but oh well. I don’t know the name of my favourite painting either, since I don’t have the book anymore…

    I liked you on FB, and also followed your twitter. :)
    FB: Emelina Hagerskans
    Twitter: @ohrusty

    • MuseumChick 12.14.2012

      Hi Emelina- Not a lame choice at all. Dali is very popular. And I really like how you were able to change your opinion from not liking him at all to having him be a favorite.