The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty (Paperback)

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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.
In The Value of Art, internationally renowned art dealer and market expert Michael Findlay offers a lively and authoritative tour of the art world informed by almost a half-century in the business and a passion for great art. With style and wry wit, Findlay explores how art acquires value—both commercial and social—and how these values circulate among the artists, dealers, and collectors that comprise today’s complex and constantly evolving art world. In the process he demystifies how art is bought and sold while also constantly looking beyond sales figures to emphasize the primacy of art’s essential, noncommercial worth. Coloring his account with wise advice, insider anecdotes involving scoundrels and scams, stories of celebrity collectors, and remarkable discoveries, Findlay has distilled a lifetime’s experience in this indispensible guide for today’s art lover.

Praise For…

"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
"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
"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."

"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
"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9783791349138
ISBN-10: 3791349139
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: April 25th, 2014
Pages: 208
Language: English