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Recommended Books on Art Collecting

  1. 'Discovering Art: A User's Guide to the World of Collecting by Jeanne Frank; paperback; Thunder's Mouth Press; June 1997. List Price: $14.95. Price: $10.47. You Save: $4.48 (30%) over list price.
    customer review: 5/5 star: ' 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.'


  2. 'Art for Dummies' by Thomas Hoving, Andrew Wyeth; paperback -- september 1999. Price: $17.49 You Save: $7.50 (30%) over list price. This is a how-to guide to the art world. You will be guided through an introduction to art appreciation, pointing out the details that you've always noticed but have never been able to explain. Next, Hoving takes you on a ride through art history. Includes a guide where to go in order to see the greatest works of art, and you can also find out about hidden treasures in nearby art museums."


  3. ' After Modern Art 1945-2000 (Oxford History of Art) (Paperback) by David Hopkins.
    Modern and contemporary art can be both baffling and beautiful; it can also be innovative, political, and disturbing. This book sets out to provide the first concise interpretation of the period as a whole, clarifying the artists and their works along the way. Closely informed by new critical approaches, it concentrates on the relationship between American and European art from the end of the Second World War to the eve of the new millennium.

    Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, and Damien Hirst are among many artists discussed, with careful attention being given to the political and cultural worlds they inhabited. Moving along a clear timeline, the author highlights key movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and performance art to explain the theoretical and issue-based debates that have provided the engine for the art of this period.

    What customers say: 4.5 out of 5. 'I have - for professional reasons - read several introductions to contemporary art written in the late 90s, and this is by far the best.' 'Refreshingly un-dogmatic..'


  4. ' American Art: History and Culture' by Wayne Craven. Art lovers, collectors, and students will all enjoy this substantial and well-illustrated survey takes an unusually holistic approach to discussing American art by placing architecture, decorative arts, painting, photography, and sculpture within cultural and historical contexts. ' If you only own one book on American Art it should be this one.'


  5. 'Art Incorporated' : The Story of Contemporary Art (Hardcover), by Julian Stallabrass. This book offers a provocative look at contemporary art and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last twenty years, illuminating the connections between


  6. 'The Worth of Art': Pricing the Priceless (Paperback), by Judith Benhamou-Huet
    How is the price of a work of art determined? Why do some pieces skyrocket while others fall flat? This book tackles the enigmatic art market, offering a clear and engaging explanation of the forces that affect the value of art. The value of art today is more relative than ever. All elements of a sale - identity of the buyer and seller, where the art is sold, and the social potential - are explored in The Worth Of Art: Pricing The Priceless. Illustrations of record-breaking sales, new important galleries and auction houses, make this book fundamental for anyone who wants to understand today's art market.


  7. 'True Colors': The Real Life of the Art World (Paperback), by Anthony Haden-Guest
    This sometimes hilarious, sometimes scathing book is the most honest account to be found of the fashionable, fabulous, and often ugly New York art world of the last quarter century


  8. 'Themes in Contemporary Art' (Art of the 20th Century) (Paperback) by Gill Perry (Editor), Paul Wood (Editor).
    This book shows a keen awareness of recent artistic and critical developments, and it establishes a balance between setting the historical framework and analyzing themes and issues.


  9. 'Profiting from Fine-Art Collecting': A Book to Inspire and Promote Art Collecting (Paperback), by Prince Lawrence O. Anifalaje.


  10. 'Collecting the New' : Museums and Contemporary Art (Hardcover); by Bruce Altshuler (Editor)


  11. 'Mayer International Auction Records 1999' Mayer International Auction Records 1999, 38th Edition, hardcover, 6000 pages, 34 edition, Acatos Pub. September 1999. Price: $136.50. You Save: $58.50 (30%)


  12. 'The Basics of Buying Art' by Cindi R. Maciolek, Grand Arbor Press, Paperback. 175 pages, 1st Ed. Price: $15.00.
    review by Manhattan Arts International, Spring 1996: ' This book offers beginners the simple and honest A, B, C's of developing a collection of contemporary art. With integrity and insight, it answers many questions about the often mysterious world of art as well as the business of art. In simple to read language, it arms readers with the right knowledge to avoid the pitfalls, while maintaining an enthusiasm that viewing and acquiring art have to offer. '
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