Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers | Author: Philip Hook

Philip Hook is a Board member and senior director of Impressionist & Modern art at Sotheby's in London. In this fascinating book he takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners.  Philip Hook's history is one of human folly, greed and duplicity, interspersed with ingenuity, inspiration and acts of heroism. Rogues' Gallery is learned, witty and irresistibly readable.

In a richly anecdotal narrative he describes the rise and occasional fall of the extraordinary men and women who over the centuries have made it their business to sell art to kings, merchants, nobles, entrepreneurs and museums. From its beginnings in Antwerp, where paintings were sometimes sold by weight, to the rich hauteur of the contemporary gallery in London, Paris and New York, art dealing has been about identifying what is intangible but infinitely desirable, and then finding clients for whom it is irresistible.

The cast of characters includes Paul Durand-Ruel, the Impressionists' champion; Herwath Walden, who first brought Modernism into the limelight; Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, high priest of Cubism; and Leo Castelli, dealer-midwife to Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. 

Author: Philip Hook
19.8 x 12.9cm
Paperback
288 pages

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