The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty

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What is art worth? How can a work by Pablo Picasso be sold for more than $100,000,000? This fascinating book explains the market for art--and art's value for all of us. In straightforward prose that doesn't mystify art or deny its special allure, prominent art dealer and market expert Michael Findlay offers a close up and personal view of almost a half century in the business of art.
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What is art worth? How can a work by Pablo Picasso be sold for more than $100,000,000? This fascinating book explains the market for art--and art's value for all of us. In straightforward prose that doesn't mystify art or deny its special allure, prominent art dealer and market expert Michael Findlay offers a close up and personal view of almost a half century in the business of art.
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Longtime art dealer and auction house adviser Findlay (director, Acquavella Galleries, New York) considers the value of art from three perspectives: commercial, social, and essential. Although he states that "the capacity of a work of art to hold, lose, or increase commercial value is incidental to its meaning," he is clearly most interested in art's monetary aspects: he devotes 61 pages to art's commercial value as compared with the 27 pages on social value and 19 on essential value. With a tone that alternates between earnestness and dry humor, Findlay offers anecdotes and precepts drawn from his experiences with collectors, sellers, and artists. About appreciating art, he does not say much beyond advising readers to "concentrate on it in a relaxed but fundamentally attentive manner, surrender our prejudices, and trust our eyes." About the art marketplace, Findlay cites numerous instances of how much was paid for what and when. VERDICT Aspiring collectors and readers interested in the high-flying end of the art market will enjoy this entertaining book, which claims that money is not the most important thing about art but takes finance as its major subject.—Kathryn Wekselman, Cincinnati
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791349138
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 237,417
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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