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Collecting Art for Love, Money and More
     

Collecting Art for Love, Money and More

by Ethan Wagner
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This book provides intelligent, useful insight for art lovers, artists, and anyone curious about contemporary art and the art market. The Wagners, who are professional art advisors, counsel readers—and prospective and novice art collectors—on how to approach and find satisfaction in collecting. They discuss how reading, consulting gallerists, attending shows and art fairs, and befriending artists can help collectors understand art and develop the ability to identify unknown artists. Drawing from art-collecting history and the experience and idiosyncrasies of renowned and successful collectors, the book offers possibilities for those with limited incomes as well as wealthy art lovers and, with reservations, those investing in art primarily for financial gain. Through provocative, compelling photographs of contemporary art, art spaces, curators, and collectors, and descriptions of international art fairs, intimate gatherings with artists and curators, and various ways to approach collecting—from following the market to developing a personal style or supporting artists through philanthropy—this smartly designed book gives readers a taste of the competition, passion, pitfalls, and glamour of the art world as experienced through a collector’s unique viewpoint. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"A must read for anyone that is just starting their collecting journey!"—BMW Art Guide by Independent Collector's blog, 'Collector's Corner'

"Impressive... captur[es] the thrill of collecting."—Aesthetica

"Embraces the thrills, ups, downs and of course, advantageous aspects of collecting art... Thea and Ethan Wagner are your authors and amidst entertaining anecdotes and experiences they've had as huge art collectors for three decades, they explain how to navigate the art market and access the world of galleries, auction houses, art fairs and biennales... Definitely worth getting a copy... A great read for those interested in art in all forms."—BeautifulCrime.com

"Comprehensive... Rich with anecdotes... A more diverting read than might be expected of a vade mecum to the art market... Written in a conversational tone that suggests the authors are experienced in putting others at their ease... The authors are to be applauded for their efforts to demystify the process... Reassuring to any readers making their first steps towards buying art."— The Art Newspaper, Frieze New York Daily Edition

"New York-based art advisers Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have made a career out of cutting through the hype... They've penned a comprehensive new book that looks at every facet of collecting from the adrenaline rush of discovery to the challenges of figuring out [what] will still be valuable in 2025."—The Wall Street Journal

" A how-to book... from two of the sharpest eyes in contemporary art... It would be hard to imagine two better-qualified guides for these choppy, sometimes disgusting, often ecstatic waters."—Jerry Saltz for New York Magazine

"On one hand, a lively and accessible history of art collecting... On the other, it's something of a best practices guide for budding collectors."—Art in America

"Wife-and-husband art advisers... offer an insider-y view of high-stakes art collecting and what motivates great collectors. Informal and chatty writing adds appeal."—Traditional Home

"Provides intelligent, useful insight for art lovers, artists, and anyone curious about contemporary art and the art market... Through provocative, compelling photographs of contemporary art, art spaces, curators, and collectors, and descriptions of international art fairs, intimate gatherings with artists and curators and various ways to approach collecting... This smartly designed book gives readers a taste of the competition, passion, pitfalls, and glamour of the art world as experienced through a collector's unique viewpoint."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714849775
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
385,593
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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