Everything you need to know about starting an art collection. A "how to" book on collecting art for fun and for profit. How to buy art at auctions, direct from galleries, and at art fairs. What mediums to choose and by which artist. Which artists are currently hot and which are not. How to avoid fakes and frauds. And how to invest your money into a beautiful art collection that will rise in value.
Get an insider's tour into Christie's and Sotheby's art auction houses and how to navigate their catalogue and win the best pieces at their auctions. The benefits of bidding in person or bidding on the phone. A brief history of the art market and when it's good to buy or sell.
Fun anecdotes are also shared, as Dr. Manes meets Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, and shares a bottle of wine with Christo and Jeanne-Claude at Orsay in NYC. From buying famous dead artists like Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat, and Haring, to organizing shows with up and coming artists like Hunt Slonem and Kenny Scharf, this is an entertaining read.
This is for anybody who enjoys art history, is interested in the art market, is a novice or an established art collector and wants to learn about acquiring some amazing works, or simply to follow the course of one New Yorker's passion for collecting some of the world's most sought-after works of art.