The Value of Art by Michael Findlay

The Buying & Selling Of Art | Value to Cultural Identity

Findlay is a Canadian artist and lecturer. In this book, he traces the relationship between artworks and their social significance since the 18th-century Enlightenment through to contemporary practices.

He describes how this relationship has changed over time and emphasizes the role of art in telling us about identity and community. Findlay also discusses various artworks with an eye to their relevance for contemporary practices.

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

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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