Affairs of the Art: Love, Loss and Power in the Art World

Affairs of the Art: Love, Loss and Power in the Art World

by Katrina Strickland


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A study of the role and responsibilities entrusted to those who tend to an artist’s reputation after he or she dies, this work traverses the strange world of art where power resides with those who hold the best stock, and highlights the heart wrenching ways emotion and duty can intersect in the making of decisions by those left behind. Through interviews with those handling the estates of various artists—including Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley, John Brack, Howard Arkley, Bronwyn Oliver, George Baldessin and Albert Tucker—as well as a raft of art dealers, academics, curators, and auctioneers, Affairs of the Art shows how the reputation and legacy of artists are curious things and often influenced by factors beyond the quality of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780522858624
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Edition description: None,Main
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Katrina Strickland is the deputy editor of AFR Magazine and the former arts editor of the Australian Financial Review. She previously worked as the arts editor and national arts writer for the Australian and is a former World Press Institute fellow and joint winner of the 2010 Trawalla Foundation Arts Journalism Scholarship. She lives in Sydney.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Power of One 1

2 Before the Widow Gomes the Wife 16

3 The Crimson Line 41

4 The F Word 74

5 Boom Times 102

6 The Gold Standard 120

7 Contemporary by Nature 146

8 Copyright Wars 178

9 Immortality 203

Notes 219

Select Bibliography 223

Cast of Characters 225

Interviews 229

Acknowledgements 231

Index 233

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