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The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty
     

The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty

by Michael Findlay
 

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What is art worth? How can a work by Warhol be sold for more than $100,000,000? This critically acclaimed book, newly revised, updated, and generously illustrated throughout, explains the market for art—and art’s value for all of us.

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What is art worth? How can a work by Warhol be sold for more than $100,000,000? This critically acclaimed book, newly revised, updated, and generously illustrated throughout, explains the market for art—and art’s value for all of us.

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“No one knows more about the market in Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art than Findlay. His new book, The Value of Art, is one of the best ever published on the art world, and covers just about everything you would want to know, including how to buy, sell, look at, and enjoy art.”

-Artnews

“Findlay passes along his own, entertaining view of the art world’s evolution over the past few decades….{He} champions the essential, intrinsic value of art – a subject he addresses with passion.”

-The Wall Street Journal

"This perceptive and incisive book by a legendary dealer is the best guide to the present day art world ever written. It is also a deeply felt plea that people look at and enjoy art rather than concentrate solely on its commercial value."

-Andrew Butterfield, President of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts

“Essential reading. Comprehensive, insightful, and rooted in the author’s decades of experience as an art dealer, auction house expert, and connoisseur of both artists and collectors, the text is enlivened by a wealth of instructive and entertaining anecdotes.”

-Christopher Finch, author of Chuck Close: Life

“Findlay’s The Value of Art…offers a wealth of knowledge (and gossip) about a life spent in the business of beautiful things.”

-Out Magazine

“Michael Findlay has written an authoritative guide to the art world in the age of celebrity. The Value of Art is an engaging, informative and serious book.”

-Judith Goldman, author of Robert & Ethel Scull: Portrait of a Collection

The Value of Art is, above all, an elegantly argued plea to art lovers to never stop looking – and to never believe that a world has revealed all of its secrets.”

-Art + Auction magazine

“Whether you are a beginning collector or seasoned connoisseur, Michael Findlay is the finest guide you could have to the current art world. His decades of experience, devilish wit, and infectious enthusiasm for the best always steer the reader straight through the mercenary machinations of the business, social whirl, and profound beauty of art.”

-Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College

Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791349138
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
04/25/2014
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
581,274
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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