Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The perfect holiday gift

I got this book over the weekend, Collecting Contemporary and it has so far been an interesting read. It is one of those books you can read here and there and don't feel intimidated of - plus it is a pretty book to have on your coffee table to impress all your friends..."so, you collect contemporary art?"... It isn't over-your-head artsy either which I like. It is good for us artists because there are interviews with the top dealers and they give insight into why they pick the artists they do. Some of the contributing interviews are:
...the biggest players in the global art market: the Critic (Rimanelli), the Dealer (Boesky, Deitch, Gagosian, Gladstone, Hetzler, Rosen, Shave), the Consultant (Cortez, Fletcher, Heller, Segalot, Westreich), the Collector (Brant, Broad, Joannou, Lambert, Lehmann, Miller, Pinault, Saatchi), the Auction House Expert (Cappellazzo, de Pury, Meyer), and the Museum Curator/Director (Dennison, Eccles, Heiss, Peyton-! Jones, Lowry)

7 Comments:

Anonymous cadbury said...

i want to read that book but it definetly could not sit out on my coffee table, the picture is too provocative. I have too many little children in my house

8:31 AM  
Anonymous not tipper gore said...

that's nice, cadbury, but WHO CARES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITTLE KIDS?

maybe try exposing them to some are once in a while? do you let them see themselves naked or do they shower in swimsuits?

1:23 PM  
Anonymous cadbury said...

obviously not you!

I gave a very honest opinion, and was shot down for it. You have no right to criticize how I raise my kids.

I have other provocative and challenging reading material in my home, but it is not necessarily apt for kindergarteners.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous leoqueen said...

Books like this help clarify certain aspects of collecting that may initially frighten the new collector off.
I have seen a number of books like this for reference, including one that is as specific as instructing potential collectors of african-american works on paper and canvas.

11:36 PM  
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10:37 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

An ultimately self serving and thinly written book. If one really wants to understand about why/how to collect contemporary art, there are MANY more worthwhile reference resources than this. Not that the some of the people chosen to be interviewed aren't smart - but they're edited down to a lowest common denominator 'soundbite' sensibility. Weak stuff....

12:43 PM  
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