The Art Collector’s Library: The Art Market

Art Collecting Today Market Insights for Everyone Passionate about Art by Doug Woodham

An Overview

Woodham is a veteran art and antique appraiser with over 30 years of experience. He is a pioneer in Internet art sales as co-founder of Artspace.com and former CEO of Artnet Auctions.

This book offers a history of collecting and an overview of contemporary markets. It also includes tips on selecting artists, buying and selling, storage, insurance, and personal security. It’s a good resource for collectors and novice art enthusiasts alike.

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The A-Z of the International Art Market The Essential Guide to Customs, Conventions and Practice by Tom Flynn
The A-Z of the International Art Market The Essential Guide to Customs, Conventions and Practice by Tom Flynn

Definitive Reference Book

As a definitive reference book on all things related to art law and practice, it covers everything from the basics of ownership, licenses, provenance, authentication, and auctioning to best practices in exhibitions, appraisals, and international sales.

It also aims to provide the insight and practical expertise required by both novice and experienced practitioners alike.

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Boom Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson
Boom Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson

The Greatening Divide

This book talks about how the contemporary art world has fundamentally changed over the past few decades when it became more mainstream and driven by economics rather than matters of taste.

The author argues this change in the art world led to a disconnect between what is sold for millions of dollars and good work. He discusses specific issues relating to this phenomenon, including how art became more accessible through technology and social media, creating a substantial potential market for new artists at lower prices and making markets more crowded.

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The Art of the Con The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World by Anthony M. Amore
The Art of the Con The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World by Anthony M. Amore

The Great Cons

In this fascinating work, Amore explores some of the most notorious forgeries in the contemporary art world, tracing the path of their creators–including a Romanian peasant who became an international sensation with his authentically “discovered” paintings by da Vinci.

He offers insights into how these conmen operate–from hat-and-cane men to sophisticated criminal networks–by exploring their methods and motivations. As a result, this wide-ranging book sheds new light on both these criminals and some of our favorite artists at different points in history.

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