I Bought Andy Warhol

I Bought Andy Warhol

by Richard Polsky

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I Bought Andy Warhol by Richard Polsky

In the tradition of Liar's Poker and Kitchen Confidential, the inside scoop on one man's quest to own the perfect Warhol painting.

In 1987 art dealer Richard Polsky set aside $100,000 to purchase for his private collection a painting by famed Pop artist Andy Warhol—a process that took him 12 years. His journey, spanning the art world of the go-go 1980s to the recession of the 1990s, is recounted in this funny, fast-paced, and intensely readable expose.

Artists, gallery owners, auction houses, and collectors all play a role in this entertaining tale that illuminates not only Warhol the person—and his place in art history—but also the machinations and marketing that fueled his celebrity, driving the price of his paintings to the top of the market (in 1998 publisher Si Newhouse bought Orange Marilyn for $17.3 million—the highest price ever paid per square inch for a work of contemporary art). As an industry insider, Polsky reveals the relationships that make the art world go round. I Bought Andy Warhol is a behind-the-scenes look at that world—a look that reveals it to be filled with humor, hypocrisy, gossip, greed, manipulation, and money.

Author Biography: Richard Polsky began his professional career in the art world in 1978 as an exhibiting artist and Director of a San Francisco gallery. In 1984 he founded Acme Art, where he showed the work of such artists as Joseph Cornell, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and outsider artist Bill Traylor. Since 1989 he has been a private dealer specializing in works of art by post-war artists, with an emphasis on Pop art. In 1995 Polsky began writing a series of financial guidebooks known as the Art Market Guides and he is currently a contributor to Artnet.com. He lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810942714
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Polsky began his professional career in the art world in 1978 as an exhibiting artist and director of a San Francisco gallery. In 1984 he founded Acme Art, where he showed the work of such artists as Joseph Cornell, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and outsider artist Bill Traylor. Since 1989 he has been a private dealer specializing in works by postwar artists, with an emphasis on Pop art. He is currently a contributor to artnet.com and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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