A Year in the Art World by Matthew Israel

The First Books | An Introduction

This book is an excellent place to start if you are new to art. Israel gives an easy-to-read account highlighting vital people, places, and events that make it happen. He covers one segment per chapter to provide a clear overview.

Learn what drives artists and their work, who curates important galleries for museums, why art fairs have become important in the last decades, and why you should hope museums never close.

Joelle’s Library

Learning about the art world can seem elusive. It shouldn’t be.

Building your art bookshelf is a forever-ongoing process. I’ve included an Amazon link to help you find the right next book for you, but you can always purchase at your local bookstore in person or at bookshop.org.

The books are organized into categories. The First Books are for those brand-new to the art world. More seasoned collectors can jump ahead to dive deeper into specific threads.

  1. The First Books
  2. Artists & Art History
  3. The Science & Art Of Collecting
  4. The Buying & Selling Of Art
  5. The Art Market

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