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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book offers a seductive but ultimately narrow view of the countless ways owners of art can make their collections feel, literally, at home. Collector and gallery owner Solomon and critic Anderson profile 22 significant private collections said to exemplify ``independent and often stubborn vision,'' yet perfunctory writing and elementary ideas (in hanging pictures, ``the best guideline is an understanding of the artist's or art work's aesthetic intention'') make these 22 collections seem like only three or four. A few collections are indeed beautifully integrated with their surroundings. More often, though, art objects look crowded and ill-at-ease in apartments that are showrooms, not living quarters. Also disturbing is the coauthors' assumptionborne out in the opulent interiors they celebratethat wealth is the sine qua non of art appreciation. An index provides brief information on how to obtain, conserve and insure works of art. (Dec.)
Library Journal
This irresistible book could be titled This Is Your Life: A Personal Guide to Collecting and Living with Art. More than a how-to book, it presents individual art collecting to the novice in a thoughtful and personal way. Both practical approaches to collecting and displaying art and the responsibilities of owning a collection are covered. Offering in its abundant illustrations glimpses of the private collections of many of today's most notable collectors, the book places art in the context of one's environment or domestic setting. We thus come to understand that a collection is most successful when it reflects a personal philosophy or taste rather than just an investment. With a brief history of decorative arts in the home. Primarily for public libraries. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847809608
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/15/1988
  • Pages: 216

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