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Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources
     

Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources

by Tom McNulty
 

Ever wonder if that painting gathering dust in the attic is a lost Rembrandt or a forgotten Van Gogh? Here, you'll find a guide to all the resources you need to make that call. This work gives the reader a broad overview of the contemporary art world, focusing on the myriad factors that go into the valuation of an art work and the various resources available to

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Ever wonder if that painting gathering dust in the attic is a lost Rembrandt or a forgotten Van Gogh? Here, you'll find a guide to all the resources you need to make that call. This work gives the reader a broad overview of the contemporary art world, focusing on the myriad factors that go into the valuation of an art work and the various resources available to both novice and expert investor.

From the gallery to the auction house, this book explores the major venues of art acquisition. This book is an equally useful tool for researching the value of hand- and factory-made decorative and utilitarian arts, including pottery, glass, porcelain, metal and other media. It introduces basic terminology for the art collector and covers the basics of artwork analysis and documentation, including a concise overview of database researching methods and online resources. Published sources such as artists' catalogues raisonnes, exhibition catalogues, dictionaries and encyclopedias are identified with full annotation provided. Techniques for research into the history and provenance of a work are also discussed. Appendices provide a list of periodicals covering current art market issues and a directory of auction houses with pertinent website information.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
comprehensive...highly recommended
ARBA
wealth of information...useful, well-written
Midwest Book Review
detailed...bibliographic references are outstanding

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786423729
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/03/2006
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Tom McNulty is the librarian for Fine Arts at New York University's Bobst Library. He is also an adjunct professor of art market research at Sotheby's Institute, New York.

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