Breakfast at Sotheby's

Breakfast at Sotheby's

An A-Z of the Art World

Book - 2014
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An experienced international art dealer describes how paintings and other works of art are each given a financial value, based on the artist, their movement or "-isms", what their life has been like, previous works, style, subject, "wall power" and provenance--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781468309669
1468309668
Characteristics: x, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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martins_mom Mar 09, 2016

An entertaining look at what people see in art and why they collect it. The author is a clever writer and really knows his stuff too.

6ATE4are May 19, 2014

This is not only a fascinating look into the art market but also funny. There are anecdotes of mistakes by art "experts" and translations of the obscure art speak used by the auction houses and dealers to sell art. The author deflates the pomposity and fakery in a way that had me laughing out loud.

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uncommonreader
May 12, 2014

Informative, funny and easily digested but one must remember that this "dictionary" is not about art but about the acquisition and financial value of art - what sells and why.

stewaroby Mar 14, 2014

Witty, learned and unusual in that it considers how art and money mix. It’s also full of fascinating characters from the history of art and it has some great lists.

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