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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