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1. Instant Expert: Collecting Watches
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2. Collecting Japanese Antiques
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3. False Impressions
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4. Famous Jewelry Collectors
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5. To Have And To Hold: An Intimate
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6. Decorating with China and Glass
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7. The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait
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8. At Home with Art : How Art Lovers
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9. Confessions of an Art Addict
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10. Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate
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1. Instant Expert: Collecting Watches (Instant Expert)
by COOKSEY SHUGART
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-14)
Publisher: House of Collectibles
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2. Collecting Japanese Antiques
by Alistair Seton
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
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3. False Impressions
by Thomas Hoving
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Asin: 0684831481
Catlog: Book (1997-05-08)
Publisher: Touchstone
Sales Rank: 179905
Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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Delving into one of the most sacrosanct areas of culture--fine art collecting--Thomas Hoving presents a gallery of art fakes, fakers, and the suckers who fell for the scams. From the shroud of Turin to pre-Colombian pottery, Hoving reveals the biggest, the best, the most embarrassing, and the most costly forgeries in history--many of them unknown until now. photos. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but falls a little short
Thomas Hoving seems to know his art, and doesn't have any qualms about sharing his knowledge. He may be a premier fakebuster, but as a writer, he could use a little more practice. While the subject matter was interesting, Hoving had a slightly difficult time keeping my attention. He seemed to jump around alot, and made a lot of assumptions regarding my knowledge of the art world. False Impressions is filled with all kinds of interesting tidbits about the world of art forgery and fakebusting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat difficult to separate fact from opinion. As a novice to art appreciation, I found much of the material to be "above my head". Perhaps after a few years of study, I will be in a better position to fully benefit from all Hoving offers. Probably the simplest and most effective thing he could have done to improve the book would be to include more pictures, perhaps even some color photos, and have them more logically located in the chapters in which the pieces are discussed, as opposed to having a group of plates three-quarters of the way through the book. At the very least, the text could have referenced the plate section. Unfortunately, every time a new piece is mentioned, the curious reader has to flip to the plate section and hope that the piece is represented there. Overall, I would say that if you are really interested in fine art, you will find this book enlightening. But it's not something one would read just for fun.

2-0 out of 5 stars Packed with information, but uninspired writing
This could have been a more interesting book, but often as not I found it a chore to read. The subject matter -- art fakery, the criminals who perpetrate it, and the curators and journalists who fall for it -- made for a fascinating glimpse into this other world. Hoving just can't write well, consistently.

Sometimes he gets into a mode, like when going over the medieval and renaissance works, where he would cover so many so quickly that it felt as if he were simply reciting names and dates, losing all the human charm it needs to keep your interest. Some of the text made no sense without the plates, and for some parts there were no plates to, I was never sure just what he was talking about. Other times he exhaustively goes over what everything means, sometimes well, but sometimes to the point of irritation. The biggest mistake I saw was that the ending was very rushed; one of the most interesting stories, about a prolific Mexican sculptor, was cut short and glossed over.

Hoving also has a reputation for... embellishing on his own accomplishments or criminals' cleverness. Some of the areas seem a little hazy and farfetched, so I don't know. He always claims his own explanation to be correct anytime there's room for many possible theories, rather than explaining each and giving the highs and lows of them. In tone he is quite full of himself and his accomplishments, always boasting of being a great fakebuster, often sneering at fellow curators and making snide remarks about journalists (who are really only expected to report whatever the curator says, after all, since most aren't trained in art). It washed off me but might irritate others.

Overall, the book does concentrate on the art and the people duped, and it will expand your fine art knowledge in many ways, covering many varied subjects. I'd still recommend it to art students or fanciers, but to most it would simply be too dense and uneven.

5-0 out of 5 stars For as long as there has been art there has been fakery
For as long as there has been art there has been fakery. This book shows that fakery is an art form. This book also shows art through out history, from ancient Greece to the Roman Empire, from the middle ages to early Victorian Age. The New York bestselling author, Tomas Hoving, was the Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, if you want to see the thought process of a ¡§fake buster¡¨ or the inner workings of the Met, this book is for you. I liked it because he told the stories of fakers and fake busters throughout history. This man shows that anyone, even the best can be taken by a truly masterful fake. It is such a good read open it to any page and you will get hooked. He also shows that even well-known Artists like Renoir and Monet were known to fake there own pieces just to keep food on the table. He even has a picture section that allows you to see for your self. He will take you step by step on how to uncover a fake. Also this book shows how to prevent from being suckered by giving real life examples of when Hoving has been taken in by the charade.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poorly written
This book could have been one of the best books I read this year. The topic is very interesting, and I learned a huge amount from reading it. In fact, when I first read it, I thought it was a 4 1/2 start book. But later I changed my mind.

In looking back at the book, what I most imeediately recall about it are two things:

1. The writing is stodgy and detracts from the tale.

2. The author can't make up his mind who his audience is or what kind of book he is writing.

Sometimes, the book seems to be written for someone like me who doesn't know a whole lot about art and the business of art. In some parts of the book, there are lots aof background details to help a reader make sense of what is going on. However, in other parts of the book, he just writes like he assumes you share his common vocabulary. This makes it difficult for me to follow those parts of the book. By the same token, I expect that a person who found these parts of the book interesting and useful would find the explanations in the other parts tedious and useless. This book can't decide if it is a memoir of the author's life, a history of his career, or a book about art forgery. It would have worked better had it been more focused.

Having made these complaints, I must say that the book was interesting and packed with useful photos to help me make sense of some of the content. In addition, the topic of the book is interesting, and I am glad I read it. I'm just sorry, because I think it is a book on the verge of being a better book than it is, and I hate to see potential come up short.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hoving strikes again!
Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, knows of which he speaks. He takes you on a fascinating journey as he relates his experiences with fakes and frauds in the art world---not just paintings, but great Medieval reliquaries, ancient Greek kouros statuary, Roman antiquities, and pre-Columbian art. He leaves nothing back in his narrative-----which is really refreshing. He details "standard" museum practices of smuggling objects and even names names! And if he doesn't like someone, he doesn't hold that back either.

I found the book informative, lively, and mostly fascinating. I wanted more pictures (there are only a few and none are in color)!! It was a farily easy read too---I read it in a day.

If you enjoy art, art history, or even detective stories, you will enjoy this one!

Stefani Koorey, Ph.D. professor of humanites, theatre, and film ... Read more


4. Famous Jewelry Collectors
by Stefano Papi, Alexandra Rhodes
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Asin: 0810933411
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 228788
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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An extraordinary treasure trove of fabulous necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, and earrings owned by the rich and famous.

For many centuries the collecting of precious gems and the jewelry fashioned from them was the exclusive prerogative of kings and queens, emperors, popes, and maharajahs. But in the last hundred years movie goddesses, opera singers, industrialists, real-estate investors, and rock stars have joined those with the means to deck themselves in glittering bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings.

Most of what we know about the jewelry collections of recent times has been revealed though the auctions that have taken place after the collectors' deaths. The famous sale of 1987 uncovered the full extent of the dazzling pieces that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. By the same token, as this book so handsomely shows, the collections of society women such as Barbara Hutton can now be appreciated and described in detail. Among the royals and aristocrats are Umberto II of Italy, HRH the Princess Royal (Princess Mary) of Great Britain, and the noble German family of Thurn and Taxis; from the world of film and entertainment come the collections of stars like Merle Oberon, Joan Crawford, and Ava Gardner.

The two authors, both international jewelry experts, reveal the stories behind the jewels and their collectors. This is a book to be cherished by everyone with an interest in society, collecting, and the very best of jewelry art. 290 illustrations, 126 in color. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
This book is wonderfull, the jewelry is wonderfull. It renews my faith that at one time people with money DID have some taste. This book is well worth the money spent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book with gorgeous photos
An entertaining book with memorable personalities and their world famous baubles. The section on socialities and the nobility is fun to read; especially countess Mona von Bismarck. The incredible story of Poor Little Rich Girl, Barbara Hutton and socialite Daisy Fellowes (she must have been an incredible woman, reading her self-improvement on her nose!). Some of the gems are world famous, like the bejewelled menagerie of the Duchess of Windsor, her cats, her flamingo, her tiger lorgnette etc. All in all, a fun book to read, but not only for lovers of jewellery, but also for people who are interested in royalty, fashion and high society. In short, a nice coffeetable book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a well written book with wonderful photography. The selection of jewellery owners for each of the categories specified was thoughtful with some less well know, but nevertheless interesting collectors, included. The only shortfall was the absence of collectors from the Orient and the East - this would have been unique and given the book an extra star.

The book is a good complement to John Traina's hard to get "Extraordinary Jewels". ... Read more


5. To Have And To Hold: An Intimate History Of Collectors and Collecting
by Philipp Blom
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Asin: 1585673773
Catlog: Book (2003-02)
Publisher: Overlook Press
Sales Rank: 87993
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The cabinets of obsessive Renaissance collectors were filled with rhinoceros horns encrusted with rubies and jaws of gigantic fish, stuffed birds in the most extraordinary colors, and glorious sea shells of all descriptions. Today’s collectors amass everything from Picassos to Pez dispensers. But why? In To Have and To Hold, Philipp Blom explores the history of the collecting passion from the Renaissance to the present.

Every collected object, be it a matchbook or a martyr’s fingernail, carries a meaning that transcends the object itself; it is a totem. Single-minded pursuit turns the collector into cultural anthropologist. For Alex Shear, his collection from the post-War period—from vintage radios, fallout shelters, and Jell-O boxes to elaborate hair drying contraptions, bobby pins, and Barbie dolls—preserves an age of innocence in the form of the familiar household items that served as the set props for the 1950s American Dream. Alex’s Renaissance counterpart is King Rudolph II, whose collection of the art and exotica of his day (housed in his ever-expanding castle in Prague) was breathtaking in its complexity and sophistication, representing the magnificent profusion of the treasures of a world newly explored.

Out of this glittering diversity of material Blom distills the themes underlying this seemingly elusive passion: conquest and possession, chaos and memory, a void to be filled, and the awareness of our own mortality. What emerges is the story of the collector as bridegroom, deliriously, obsessively happy, wed to his possessions, till death do us part. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worlds of wonder
Absorbing and beautifully written, with a great bibliography to lead you on in your travels through this fascinating genre. Blom does for the general subject of collecting what Basbanes did for bibliophilia in A Gentle Madness. Well worth the read. ... Read more


6. Decorating with China and Glass
by Caroline Clifton-Mogg
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Asin: 0821228773
Catlog: Book (2005-01-26)
Publisher: Bulfinch
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7. The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone
by Mary Gabriel
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Asin: 1890862061
Catlog: Book (2002-08-18)
Publisher: Bancroft Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For four and a half decades, Etta and Claribel Cone roamed artists’ studios and art galleries in Europe, building one of the largest, most important art collections in the world. At one time, these two independently wealthy Jewish women from Baltimore received offers from virtually every prominent art museum in the world, all anxious to house their hitherto private assemblage of modern art. In 1949, they awarded all their holdings to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2002, that collection was valued at nearly $1 billion, making them two of the most philanthropic art collectors of our age.

Yet, for complex reasons, the story of the Cone sisters has never been fully or accurately told. Gertrude Stein suggested in her writings that the mousy Etta and the regal Claribel had little artistic sense of their own, buying only what she and Leo Stein advised them to buy. For most of those 45 years, though, the savvy Cone sisters knew exactly what they were doing, and why. But they thought it undignified in life or death to call much attention to themselves, always emphasizing that the art, not its collecting, mattered most.

Mary Gabriel, an art-minded journalist and women’s historian, has, at long last, brought the little-known sisters to life, and shone the spotlight on their remarkable achievements.

That these two upright, Victorian women led the way in purchasing the scandalous, erotic art of Matisse, Picasso, and others, is itself one of the most fascinating yet incongruous aspects of their story. Etta and Claribel Cone supported the 20th century's revolutionary artists from their impoverished beginnings -- when Henri Matisse, for example, was reviled by critics as a "wild beast," and Pablo Picasso scratched out a living in a hovel. By contributing to the livelihood of avant-garde artists in whom they deeply believed, the sisters helped coax out, then preserved some of the greatest art of the modern era.

Though it intimately portrays two powerful, influential, ahead-of-their-time women, The Art of Acquiring is more than a tale of two sisters, more than an important addition to art history, and more than a major contribution to the study of women's history. Because it reproduces some of the more famous and important art of Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Dégas, and others, The Art of Acquiring enables readers to practically step through the canvas and live in the shocking paintings these two unsung sisters purchased, then gave to the world-at-large.

Finally, a lovely, absorbing biography of the neglected Cone sisters! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A work of art!
Pay no attention to the ho-hum title -- this is one delightful read. The book illuminates two sisters who had been virtually written out of art history. The author richly embroiders the travels of Claribel and Etta Cone and details how they came to amass one of the world's more comprehsive collections of 20th century art. This painstakingly and lovingly researched book is a masterpiece! ... Read more


8. At Home with Art : How Art Lovers Live with and Care for Their Treasures
by ESTELLE ELLIS, CAROLINE SEEBOHM, CHRISTOPHER SIMON SYKES
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Asin: 0517708884
Catlog: Book (1999-11-02)
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Sales Rank: 410819
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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At Home with Art is about art lovers, their passion for art, and their seemingly unquenchable desire to bring home the works that have captured their hearts. Whether the artworks are Picassos or posters, these people want to acquire and live with the art they love. "I wake up in the morning and exercise where I can look at it," says John Robson about one of the paintings in his San Francisco townhouse. How these art lovers integrate their finds
into their living spaces, juxtaposing their paintings and sculpture with the artifacts of everyday life -- furniture, rugs, books, lamps, objets d'art -- is vividly illustrated here in more than fifty homes inhabited by people for whom living with art is as essential as breathing.

These homes are not mini-museums with art to be admired from a respectful distance. Nor have they been designed by interior decorators whose goal is to harmonize the upholstery with the pictures. Each home has been chosen for its very personal and inspired expression of art and decor, revealing a deep, even spiritual, relationship between the pictures on the walls and the people who place them there. From airy lofts and old farmhouses to sleek city apartments and cozy traditional houses, all are made special by the paintings and sculptures within.

A wide variety of people appear in these pages, from the president of MoMA to a young man in love with poster art, to the writer who has artist friends, to the young woman who inherited pieces from her mother, to the actress whose art travels with her wherever she goes. The kinds of art that speak to them and that they are impelled to acquire range from old masters to outsider art, from folk art to contemporary art, to prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture. We learn about what sparked their interest in a particular genre, how they make their selections, how they meld them into their homes, and what living with their art means to them.

Though looking at these interiors proves there are no fixed rules about displaying a work of art, special sections on framing, hanging, lighting, and caring for art, from oil paintings to delicate works on paper, provide technical assistance. A directory includes framers, dealers, auction houses, and restorers in major American cities and in London.

Above all, At Home with Art shows that there are all kinds of art to be loved and cherished, however grand or simple, and that living surrounded by art's beauty can bring boundless personal satisfaction. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars An invitation into the homes of collectors.
This book is inspiring because it shows us the homes of many collectors of paintings.It is well written, but there are not enough new ideas that can be incorporated by the reader. Some of the collectors have little idea on how to display their paintings in a way that is pleasing and justifies the works. Many of the dispalys are cluttered and clautrophobic. Yet, there are some splendid homes that incorporate paintings spectacularly. The article on Dorothy and Herbert Vogel is very moving. These extra-ordinary people deserve a book just on them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A unique and personal view of collecting
This is an extraordinary book. Clearly not intended as a scholarly exercise, the authors take us up close and personal with outstanding collectors and their art. These are people I would be unlikely ever to meet, and their personal views and how they are expressed through the works they surround themselves with provide a glimpse into the collecting mind. Many of the homes are wealthy, though some are artists who have accumulated works from their friends. The photos are spectacular, and give many ideas of how art can be integrated into one's home.

2-0 out of 5 stars At Home With Art Not Your Home
Diving into this book, as an avid art collector, one might expect to learn how different people work with the art they possess. This book though is really for those who are stricly ardent and almost excessive collectors who like to jam pack their residences with works galore. What is missing from this text is a careful presentation of how many different types of people display their art. There is too much focus on furniture, collecting passions and interest, and not enough focus on ideas. Overall, I found this book to be somewhat mono-dimensional in the concepts portrayed of how others live with their art. More a picture of what the authors had preconceived than a search for the spectrum of ideas. ... Read more


9. Confessions of an Art Addict
by Peggy Guggenheim, Alfred H., Jr. Barr
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Asin: 0880015764
Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
Publisher: Ecco Press
Sales Rank: 60497
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider's view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal and professional relationships, and often surprising portrayals of the artists themselves. Here is a book that captures a valuable chapter in the history of modern art, as well as the spirit of one of its greatest advocates. 13 photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars LOOK, THERE'S A LONG PRIAPUS ON YOUR HORSE!
Here's the story of a woman that knew them all, felt the earth move under her feet with many of them, and bought their art for pretty much nothing. She recognized them when they were starting, and this makes her a Princess. This book is her equivalent to Gore Vidal's "Palimpsest" and Lillian Hellman's "Pentimento". This is one of those books that almost transports you to a long gone era, and makes you wish you could have been there to see it all.

3-0 out of 5 stars Confessions, Sort Of
Peggy was a trip. She also apparently had no editor, or so it seems, which adds to the air of entitlement and oblique charm that permeates this book. Her accounts are interesting historically, though PG's slant on history is sometimes its own beast. This is a quick read and some of her observations will make you laugh out loud ("I was worried about my virginity--I was twenty-three and I found it burdensome..."), while others are chilling, especially the question of which Jews she deemed worthy of her efforts to help them get to the States. This may be more entertaining than informative, but it's both.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book for any art lover!
This is a book you do not want to finish, you constantly wish that as you progress in your reading as the book will unfold in more pages. It does not happen. What a life story, full of art and style. What a charming book, simple and direct. Easy to read but so full of references to the Art of this Century. Peggy lived and tell the life of a brilliant collector not only of art pieces but of emotions and feelings. To me this is one of the best books of the year. It goes on top of DV by Diana Vreeland on my nightstand. ... Read more


10. Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait
by Martha Frick Symington Sanger
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Asin: 0789205009
Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Sales Rank: 538015
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Henry Frick, remembered by art lovers today for his splendid collection of old-master paintings by Rembrandt, Bellini, and others that make up New York's Frick Museum, was one of the 19th century's worst robber barons.Brutal with workers, he never hesitated to hire mercenary armies to kill railway and mine strikers. Frick's was such a bloody and vicious climb to a pot of gold that his descendents have been understandably reluctant to allow historians full access to his papers. Finally, his great-granddaughter, Martha Sanger, a noted steeplechase and hunting enthusiast, decided to write about the life of her ancestor, and was allowed full use of the archives.

Sanger's publisher, Abbeville, has done her proud with a luxuriously produced volume in which Sanger offers many theories about why Frick bought certain works of art. And although art historians may dismiss her black-and-white analyses of a collector's motivations--based, as she admits, on her own years in psychoanalysis--they at least reflect how Frick's own family saw him. Among the reproductions are famous pictures by Goya, Greco, and Gainsborough, but also many others rarely reproduced, perhaps because they are typically bad-taste 19th-century art, showing that even Frick bought some duds. Whether or not he acquired paintings, as Sanger asserts, because they reminded him of a daughter who died in early childhood, Frick was still a major historical figure, and his life needs this kind of voluminous treatment in order to complement harsher portraits by professional historians like Samuel Schreiner, who subtitled his own 1995 book from St. Martins Press The Gospel of Greed. --Benjamin Ivry ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Biography, History, And Art
"Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait" is an excellent work of history, biography, and a stunning visual presentation of art. The result of a decade long effort by a Great Granddaughter of Mr. Frick, Martha Frick Symington Sanger, the book is a beautiful volume from its construction, to what is displayed and written within.

This is not as scholarly a book as Simon Schama's "Rembrandt's Eyes", and so it should be judged with distinct criteria. This is a family history as related by one of its members, so in exchange for the objective view of the Historian, we trade a certain objective detachment for an intimate portrait of the man, his family, and the legacy of art he collected. I was amused to read that one person thought that some of the works bought by Mr. Frick were "Duds". I would agree that when your collection includes multiple paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Renoir, Veronese, El Greco, and Van Dyck, to name a few, some are perhaps "better" than others. I would also suggest no one would take a pass if offered a work for their own.

Mr. Frick was a very tough businessman, at times brutal, and he never hesitated to employ these tactics when he perceived his business interests were threatened. This does not make him unique among the major Capitalists that built this Country, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Fisk, and many other were also notorious by today's standards, or were they? Private armies may no longer be used, but public welfare, and the fate of employees is not always at the top of the list today either. I do not attempt to justify what they did, rather to suggest a more dispassionate view is in order. Our "Robber Barons" are often compared to the Kleptocrats of today's Russia, and that truly is absurd.

Fortunately many of these men amassed great collections of art whether rare books, paintings, historical documents, or something else that caught their interest, and we are the beneficiaries of their collections. The Morgan Library or The Frick Collection simply could not be duplicated today. Theoretically Mr. Bill Gates could pay the price, but where would you find a brace of Vermeer's offered for sale?

The book is not perfect in it's history as others have pointed out, however on balance I believe the work to be excellent, and certainly the most personal insight into the life of Mr. Frick.

Mr. Frick and others like him make easy targets, that they were flawed is not the issue, they were. They also gave back in a variety of forms a great deal of the wealth they accumulated. This may not be enough for some or even for many, but to have left no legacy other than that of brutal businessmen, I suggest, would be a great deal more disappointing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Intimate indeed. A book that finally portrays him as human.
Do not be fooled by the size of this book. Once you open the book you will not find it easy to close it.

This book satisfies on many levels. If you are an art lover, you are amazed at the artwork and how beautifully the publisher reproduced it. It's the next best thing to being in Frick's art collections yourself.

If you are interested in Frick or the post Civil-War industrial era, you will at last find a revealing biography of the man that finally acknowledges that he was a human being, albeit flawed in some ways. This book should shatter some commonly held myths about Henry Frick.

My only complaint is some incomplete research. I have discovered several historical errors that a good editor should have caught. For example, and perhaps most blatant, many figures and stated facts relating to the 1889 Johnstown Flood are incorrect. But Frick's reaction to the Flood is an insight not known to many until now.

Mrs. Sanger should be proud of her book. This will serve as a definitive history of both the man and his legacy. This will be a valuable addition to your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book that satisfies on many levels
The book is amazing in so many ways. When I had finished it, I felt as if I'd experienced something far more important than a mere biography; her legacy or her life's masterpiece, perhaps. If so, then in my opinion, and with all due respect, she's outdone her forebearers.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Humanization of an Industrial Baron...
This was an excellent book! Being a Pittsburgh boy, I grew up surrounded with the donations of Frick and Carnegie, and was always curious about their story. The portrait painted by Ms. Sanger about her ancestor is realistic yet gentle and full of understanding. The physical characteristics of the book are also fine, with heavy stock paper and marvelous illustrations. This is the definitive biography of Henry Clay Frick.

4-0 out of 5 stars An engrossing, yet flawed, portrait of a fascinating man.
The illustrations alone almost make this book worth the price. Yet there are quite a few historical errors that need to be corrected. There are, for example, a few mistakes in the section dealing with the 1889 Johnstown Flood. But the reader can tell that this book was a passion for her, and she should be commended for tackling a difficult subject. It's rarely easy writing objectively about one's ancestors. ... Read more


11. Discovering Art: A User's Guide to the World of Collecting
by Jeanne Frank
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Asin: 1560251212
Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Sales Rank: 55261
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Without question, collecting modern art is an intimidating prospect, especially for the novice. This sensible and informative book is the essential guide for anyone who loves art and would like to approach the business of collecting, but who lacks the first-hand experience necessary to begin. The author, a private dealer of 20th-century art for the past 30 years, covers both figurative and abstract modern art movements, from Impressionism to Social Realism. She discusses provenance, authenticity, and fakes, as well as how to care for and frame your new purchases. She provides information on practical issues such as investment and appraisal; she also details the differences between the European and American markets--debunking many myths of the art world in the process. She explores the workings of commercial galleries, private dealers, and auction houses all to help the beginning collector get his or her feet wet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Art History Book
This book is beautifully written yet easy to understand, even for the novice. It is better than an Art History course at a University. The author clearly explains the origins and characteristics of Impressionalism through Abstract Art. The book is informative while being a pleasant reading experience.
Don't fail to read it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I didn't feel stupid
What a helpful book. Ms. Frank's primary message is "don't let the so-called experts intimidate you." In simple, down-to-earth prose she makes even neophytes feel as if their opinion and taste matter. Her book is chock full of stories and pearls of wisdom distilled from a lifetime of enjoying art. She explains terms, demystifies art criticism and tells charming tales from her career as an art buyer, dealer and collector. ... Read more


12. Profiting from Fine-Art Collecting: A Book to Inspire and Promote Art Collecting
by Prince Lawrence O. Anifalaje
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Asin: 141075474X
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: 1stBooks Library
Sales Rank: 546606
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13. Mrs. Tependris: The Contemporary Years
by Konstantin Kakanias, Hamish Bowles
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Asin: 0847824233
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Sales Rank: 608413
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Mrs. Tependris-the eccentric, dramatic, lovable, and awardwinning brainchild of artist Konstantin Kakanias-is seeking to find greater meaning in her life. In doing so, she becomes obsessed with her personal liberation and the art of creation and, as a consequence, makes a foray into the world of contemporary art. This colorful, stylish, and irresistible volume chronicles her journey with great insight and humor.Page after page, Kakanias' whimsical, beautiful art and calligraphy document the couturewearing Mrs. Tependris' madcap adventures and comments on the work of some forty noteworthy artists in contemporary art. Interspersed throughout are pages that are dedicated to Mrs. Tependris' quest for selfunderstanding and move the story forward, whether on the phone with a friend or having flashbacks to her time with Andy Warhol at the Factory. Ultimately she discovers that she too is an artist and, in fact, that we are all artists, creators of our own happiness. At once informative, entertaining, and visually stimulating, Mrs. Tependris will delight those with an interest in contemporary art and fashion, while her dramatic adventures and lifeaffirming story will endear her to readers from all walks of life.

John Baldessari
Matthew Barney
Vanessa Beecroft
Ross Bleckner
Leigh Bowery
Chris Burden
Maurizio Cattelan
John Currin
Eric Fischl
Sylvie Fleury
Robert Gober
Nan Goldin
Felix GonzalezTorres
Andreas Gursky
Damien Hirst
David Hockney
Mike Kelley
Jeff Koons
Joseph Kosuth
Roy Lichtenstein
Paul McCarthy
Miltos Manetas
Bruce Nauman
Shirin Neshat
Chris Ofili
Catherine Opie
Jack Pierson
Lari Pittman
Rob Pruitt
Charles Ray
Alexis Rockman
Nancy Rubins
Ed Ruscha
Robert Ryman
Cindy Sherman
Robert Smithson
Wolfgang Tillmans
Cy Twombly
Kara Walker
Andy Warhol
Lisa Yuskavage ... Read more


14. Audubon Art Prints: A Collector's Guide to Every Edition
by Bill Steiner
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Asin: 1570035040
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Sales Rank: 118918
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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By far the most comprehensive guide available to the bird and quadruped prints of John James Audubon (1785-1851), Audubon Art Prints offers buyers, sellers, and collectors an easy-to-use, one-volume source of information for these widely sought-after prints. When Bill Steiner first became interested in acquiring original Audubon prints, he was surprised by the dearth of conveniently accessible, accurate information on the subject. In an effort to catalog all things Audubon, he unearthed obscure references, surveyed the contemporary marketplace, and consulted specialists from around the world. The results of his labors, gathered here in this lavishly illustrated volume, provide an invaluable and fascinating encyclopedic reference.

Addressing one of the more complex aspects of print collection, Steiner clarifies the task of distinguishing the octavo prints of the successive editions of Audubon's Birds of America (1840-1871) and Quadrupeds of North America (1849-1870). He describes the publication histories of each edition since the first; offers information about printers, engravers, and subscribers; and provides practical information on price histories, accessibility, and preservation. Steiner also explores the increasingly popular markets for subsidiary prints, posters, and Audubon ephemera. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource to Amateur Collectors of Audubon Prints
I got my copy a few months ago from Amazon.Com, and essentially read through it cover-to-cover, so to speak. I am an amateur collector of Audubon prints, and an enthusiast of Audubon's life, and the legacy he left behind for all the Americans. I think Bill Steiner's book is an invaluable resource that fills a major void about Audubon's prints - - It provides information on what to look for in collecting prints, which prints have significant value now and likely to appreciate in future, the technical details of production of Havells, Imperials, Biens, and the Octavos, some details on restoration and conservation, tips on internet-based sales, his own assesment of the Quality of various double-elephant folio prints (including modern day real high-quality reproductions such as the Amsterdams and the Princetons),and the names of several Audubon galleries (I didn't know some of them existed until after reading the book). Last but not the least, I enjoyed Bill's sense of humor (I particularly had a good laugh reading the recount of his experience at Christie's Auction House). I only wish his book were available to me a couple of years ago when I first started collecting the prints ! I recommend this book highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect launching pad for a jump into Audubon prints
As an art dealer specializing in original Audubon prints, I hear from many people who hope the Carolina Parrot print they found in the attic will turn out to be worth a fortune. Finally, there is a book that will help them...and me!

This well-illustrated book is the first to read if you have an interest (old or new) in Audubon prints. The book covers the original prints, the valuable full-sized facsimiles, and the not-so-valuable undersized reproductions. Steiner discusses all the major categories (and editions) of original prints including octavo (small) and folio (large), the birds and animals, the copper-plate etchings and the stone lithographs. He also provides a helpful overview of the vast number of facsimile and reproduction editions in circulation. While not complete, it is remarkably comprehensive and will help answer many an Audubon newcomer's questions.

Novice collectors will find everything they need to begin either a serious or casual exploration of Audubon's art--biography, glossary of terms, authentication guidelines (much easier than you may think!), sample prices, information on dealers and guidance on how to buy or sell prints. Seasoned collectors will find previously unpublished information that disproves or amends rules-of thumb that have been gospel for years; they will also find many new sources for prints, books, and educational pursuits.

Steiner has strong opinions and personal interests with regard to Audubon, and they are reflected in the text, but he is diligent about labeling them as such, and putting the more esoteric of his interests where they belong--in one of the book's many appendices. Overall, he has done an excellent job pulling together information from disparate sources, making available to collectors for the first time much "dealer lore"--information previously known only by Audubon specialists. This is a quick-reading book, and one that both dealers and collectors will refer to for years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compiled by a field ecologist and veteran bird-watcher
Compiled by field ecologist and veteran bird-watcher Bill Steiner, Audubon Art Prints: A Collector's Guide To Every Edition is a first-rate guide to the many distinctive avian prints and paintings of John James Audubon (1785-1851). The informative and scholarly text definitively recounts what these great works of art have sold for, as well as the stories behind the creation of the individual artworks. A superb resource for collectors and an indispensable addition to academic American Art History reference collections, Audubon Art Prints is a superbly organized and very strongly recommended presentation enhanced with twenty-two color illustrations and fifty-five halftones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unlocking the Door to the World of Audubon Prints
One of the most common stories you hear while visiting purveyors of original Audubon prints is how they constantly receive phone calls asking "is my Audubon print an original?" Of course, this is due to the combination of two phenomena - people have the general notion that Audubon prints are valuable, but there are millions of reproductions out there which, although they may be aesthetically pleasing, are not worth much. How to tell if you hit the jackpot (an Antiques Roadshow moment) without making that phone call? Buy this book. Bill Steiner has written the first extensive treatment on Audubon prints from the viewpoint of the collector. There are lots of books about Audubon out there, and some scholarly books on the original prints (most notably by Susanne Low). But, this book lays out all the knowledge gathered by an avid collector, accumulated over many years of poking through print shops and galleries and examining large numbers of Audubon prints, of all kinds. If you don't have the time to learn all these details the old fashioned way, as Bill Steiner did, then this is your best key to the world of collecting Audubon prints. It is written in an almost folksy style, and is very accessible to the reader. Of great importance to anyone thinking of starting to obtain some of those actually genuine original Audubon prints is an evaluation of how to do this via auction, and in particular, via online auction sites. But, this book is more than just for the beginner, and long-time connoisseurs of Audubon will immensely enjoy it, both for validation of what they already knew, as well as to see if the author knows something they don't!

5-0 out of 5 stars ALL THINGS AUDUBON - GUIDANCE FOR THE COLLECTOR
As a collector and publisher of Audubon prints, I am finding Bill Steiner's fresh and realistic approach to Audubon collecting quite refreshing. With the growing interest in collecting all things Audubon, Bill Steiner separates the dream from the fantasy, and those who are now just setting out in the sometimes confusing world of Audubon print collecting would be well-advised to study this book. Steiner's book is a primer for the novice and a most useful handbook for experienced collectors. Those new to collecting Audubon's beautiful images will be given wisdom beyond their years, and will be spared the common and costly initial mistakes newer collectors often make. Often I have seen Audubon reproduction prints that were worth a few dollars at most, auctioned off on eBay for hundreds of dollars. I have also seen prints described as 'first edition octavos' when they were in reality just pages torn from a modern-day book. Steiner will step by step guide you through this area, and show you what is valuable, and what is worthless. Further, his thorough research will help anyone identify the Audubon prints they may already have, as he lists characteristics of all the major editions available today on the market. There is also excellent background information on the original prints themselves, such as how and when they were produced, how to determine their value, and how to care for them. Chapter 7 speaks about buying and selling Audubon prints, such as through eBay, and is filled with practical suggestions that will make this experience productive. Audubon print collectors, or those who just want to purchase one or two prints for their home, will benefit from this instructive publication. ... Read more


15. Supercollector: A Critique of Charles Saatchi
by Rita Hatton, John A. Walker
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Asin: 1841660248
Catlog: Book (2000-04)
Publisher: Ellipsis Arts
Sales Rank: 307014
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A detailed examination of the advertising mogul and art collector Charles Saatchi, a man who is estimated to spend 2 million a year buying contemporary art, displaying it in his own gallery in north London and, famously, at the 'Sensation' exhibition which opened at the Royal Academy before touring to Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum, an event that provoked an extraordinary clash between art and politics. Regarded by many as a modern Medici, Saatchi exercises tremendous power in the international contemporary art market. He can make and break artists' reputations, and he has had the power to define the character and direction of recent British art. Surprisingly, this is the first book to look at Charles Saatchi as art collector. While it quotes a range of opinions, the book is primarily a critique written from a socialist standpoint, applying ideas derived from a number of sociologists including Marx, Moulin and Veblen. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great critique
This is a great critique of Charles saatchi. It is the best one I have seen I highly recomend it to all people intrested in it. ... Read more


16. Tales from the Art Crypt : The painters, the museums, the curators, the collectors, theauctions, the art
by RICHARD FEIGEN
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Asin: 039457169X
Catlog: Book (2000-06-20)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 22251
Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars
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In Tales from the Art Crypt, Richard Feigen, a veteran of nearly 50 years as an art dealer, offers not a conventional memoir but rather a series of highly polished anecdotes adding up to an illuminating dissection of art-world practice and politics. The opening chapter, aptly titled "Detective Stories," makes attributing an old master painting or unearthing a forgotten portrait of Thomas Jefferson as exciting as a murder mystery. Feigen's acid comments on the provincialism of his hometown, Chicago, explain his relocation to New York in the mid-1960s. His depictions of fellow dealers like Leo Castelli and Sam Salz are amusingly candid without seeming mean-spirited; affectionate portrayals of collectors such as Morton and Rose Neumann are equally vivid. Also memorable is a juicy account of his stint on the board of the Barnes Foundation, whose decision to deaccession works and permit a traveling exhibit of fragile paintings he deplores. Feigen, who has studied and sold everything from surrealist works and pop art to 17th-century Italian paintings, displays an infectious zest for art as both aesthetic pursuit and business. His comments on the conflicts between museum directors and their newly revenue-conscious boards of trustees explain much about the increasing commercialization of once scholarly institutions. His delightful book fulfills the mission museums once took for granted: to entertain and educate. --Wendy Smith ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Lively Tale
In this account of his many years as one of New York's most prominent art dealers, Richard Feigen offers readers a personal and engaging view of the art world's past and the many issues it faces in the present.

The difficulty with Mr. Feigen's book is that fails to approach these issues in an intellectually engaged and balanced manner. Though he presents delighful, and at times humourous accounts of his relationships with several prominent collectors, Feigen then proceeds to mow down most of the museum directors of the last thirty years and several very influential and erudite academics. He also glosses over important details and omits others, presenting a one-sided, opinionated view of many events that in reality were much more complicated. In his account of the "Boston Massacre," for example, he does not address concerns that many of the curators fired were uncooperative, unproductive, or both.

Though the book's organization obscures its thesis somewhat, it appears that Feigen envisions a return to an era in which museums functioned as private clubs for the independently wealthy and art historians were chiefly concerned with objects' formal qualities. This hardly seems like a desirable goal and ignores the many financial and legal issues that face the modern museum. In the end, the reader is disappointed that Feigen was unable to provide a more thoughtful and productive contribution.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Feigen does a wonderful job of tooting his own horn and bashing the hard-earned reputations of others. The subtitle of the book: "The Painters, the Museums, the Curators, the Collectors, the Auctions, the Art" should have read "ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME". There a few useful or interesting tidbits of information buried in the book, but the challenge is staying awake long enough to unearth them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy criticism
I found Richard Feigen's book to be a mostly worthy criticism of the current art world. I am the son of Sam Salz who is mentioned in a short passage in the book as a legendary art dealer. I think Mr.Feigen's description of his method of dealing is accurate eventhough my father's german-jewish accent is slightly overdone. My father may have been a shrewd and sometimes ruthless negotiator but he always saught a good home for "his pictures" and could judge a great one from a "postage stamp". The rest of the book deals very well with the gradual takeover of large corporate interests in the museums. Sometimes Mr. Feigen has a tendency to portray himself a the sole saviour in a corrupt system but more than a few of his shots are right on target.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too many excuses
Though interesting, this book might well have been titled "Why I'm Right and Everyone Else is Wrong". This is an author with a definite purpose, and any enlightenment one gets is secondary to the book's overall tone of self-justification. Though Feigen shows an intense dislike for ex-Met director Thomas Hoving, Hoving's books consistently deliver more solid information and fewer sour grapes and give a more balanced view of the art world.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Insider
Richard Feigen has written a super piece of insider information about the art world, admittedly his own and centered around Chicago and New York. Superlatively illustrated, written in a personal style with a gossipy machine-gun ring to it. For anyone part of that world this book is a must and for the rest of us it is a rare wide-open window, not unlike reading a Suzy column in W magazine but with a few Art History doctorates added on. ... Read more


17. Will H. Bradley: American Artist in Print : A Collector's Guide
by Robert Koch, Janet Zapata
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Asin: 1555952240
Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars For art students, art collectors and art dealers
60 color plates and 117 black-and-white illustrations adorn the Hudson Hills Press edition of Robert Koch's Will H. Bradley American Artist In Print: A Collector's Guide. This visually impressive compendium showcases the work a man who, in his heyday, was the highest-paid commercial artist of North America. The printed oeuvre of Will H. Bradley (1868-1962) is gathered and lavishly displayed, along with an extensive biographical text adding insight into the stark and vivid images brought together from periodicals, programs, illustrations from books and much more. Bold lines and eye-catching contrast characterize these memorable works. Will H. Bradley American Artist In Print: A Collector's Guide is a welcome addition to American Art History collections and will prove an invaluable informational resource for art students, art collectors and art dealers, as well as gallery and museum staff. ... Read more


18. Collecting Picture Postcards
by Geoffrey A. Godden
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Asin: 0850339286
Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: Phillimore & Company
Sales Rank: 1055212
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19. Instant Expert: Collecting Political Memorabilia (Instant Expert)
by RICHARD FRIZ
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Asin: 0375720898
Catlog: Book (2004-09-14)
Publisher: House of Collectibles
Sales Rank: 161543
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20. Possession Obsession: Andy Warhol and Collecting
by John W. Smith, Thomas Sokolowski, Pamela Allara, Kenneth Arnes, Pilar Viladas
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Asin: 0971568804
Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: The Andy Warhol Museum
Sales Rank: 548668
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"So many categories!" Andy Warhol would complain during his rigorous, nearly obsessive daily shopping regimen of antique stores, galleries, auction houses, and flea markets. Though best known as a proponent of the avant-garde, Warhol was also passionately engaged with the historical past, an interest which found a direct yet imaginative expression in the serious collecting he undertook from the mid-50s until his death. "Possession Obsession" proposes that collecting was another form of artistic practice for Warhol, one that provides as much insight into his interests, tastes, and ideas as do his other myriad art forms. Accompanying essays examine the how, why, and what of Warhol's collection, the crucial role it played in his life, the aesthetic quality and historical associations of the objects themselves, the psychological and sexual aspects of collecting, other artists' use of collecting, and the relationship between collecting and mass culture. Also included are Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of Warhol's home, with an introduction by Patti Smith.
Edited by John W. Smith. Essays byPamela Allara, Kenneth Arnes, Frederick Brandt, Sascha Chermayeff, Ralph Coe, Jonathan Flatley, Allen Kurzweil, Michael Lobel,Alexandra Rhodes & Stephano Papi, Thomas Sokolowski, Patti SmithMatthew Tinkcom and Pilar Viladas.

8 x 12 in.
100 color, 20 duotone illustrations ... Read more


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