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Who do you think the best publishers are these days?
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.
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.
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.