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Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers

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Philip Hook takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners. 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.

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Published January 26th 2017 by Profile Books (first published January 2017)
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting book about Art dealing, Antiquity and History. Philip Hook shares his knowledge and the unique perspective he gained over the years as a very well-versed art director and art dealer. This is a book filled with highly detailed stories and so much expertise.

But be aware of the fact that as a reader you need to display an impressive level of erudition as well, in order to follow sufficiently this work and of course a certain level of artistical interest otherwise the reading process
Iryna Khomchuk
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Як можна оцінити геніальність? Ні, не дати їй визначення, а скласти ціну? Які складові будуть у цій ціні? Що варто враховувати, а на що можна "забити"? А головне — яким чином переконати покупця, що ось цей шматок полотна, вкритий певною кількістю фарби, коштує десятки, сотні тисяч, а то й мільйони?

32489013. sy475 Про все це й не лише розповідає дослідник історії мистецтва Філіп Гук. Він створив цілу галерею портретів — ні, не пройдисвітів (хоча дехто зі згаданих у книзі арт-дилерів таким і був),
A very enjoyable read by the ultimate connoisseur, the erudite Phillip Hook. According to Sotheby's website he has been involved in the sale of every major collection since 1994, so we’re talking the creme de la creme here. No dilettante, that's for sure.
The reader doesn't have to be particularly knowledgeable about art or even the art world to enjoy this book. This is the filthy lucre side which people pretend to ignore. The dust of bails, the dirt of merchandise.
He approaches the evolution of
Плиний утверждал, что, когда покупатель и продавец не могли договориться о цене картины, ее стоимость определяли на вес. Так произведения искусства больше не продают, но споров о справедливости их цен по-прежнему много, и не последнюю роль в этом играют арт-дилеры — серые кардиналы мира изящного. Появившись в современном понимании в эпоху Ренессанса, они стали связующим звеном между живописцем и покупателем. Первого они информировали о ходовых сюжетах, а второго о том, кого же стоит покупать. Не ...more
Anne Morgan
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
As interesting as the synopsis sounded, the book itself failed to live up to expectations. The history of art and its dealers before the twentieth century was rather quickly glossed over, then most of the book focused on 'modern' art dealers. The chapters were largely brief biographies of highlighted dealers who were apparently important to the various art movements, but for the most part, I couldn't tell you why they were important.

I finished "Rogues' Gallery" pretty much as ignorant of "A His
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Readers who wish to know more about the world of art dealing may want to pick up this title. Hook examines the world of art dealing over the last few centuries, highlighting key art dealers and their partnerships with the biggest named artists of their time. Hook examines how art dealers themselves did or did not influence artists’ works, as well as the influence art dealers had with clie
January Gray
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stunning collection and history. I loved this book so very much. It would make a divine coffee table book or gift.
Artem Huletski
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Много интересных историй о людях, которые становятся одной историей - и она тоже передана по существу.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Oczekiwałem dużo więcej. Nie dowiedziałem się wiele o funkcjonowaniu rynku sztuki. Ani o tym, dlaczego dzieła kosztują ile kosztują. Poznałem za to zdecydowanie zbyt szczegółowo biografie kilku marszandów.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I’d give this book zero stars if I could; the author’s tone is sexist, pompous and cutting of people he doesn’t like, and pandering to those he does. I’ve not read a book, except for Dancing with The Mummies where I’ve encountered such pomposity of an author (both ironically from the art world). Hook’s book is worse, as Tom Woolf’s Dancing with The Mummies is somewhat light-hearted, written almost tongue-in-cheek. Hook’s writing is not. He's disparaging of those outside his elite circle. He writ ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
this quite a lot of fun to read and it races along . Although most of the rogues he describes are from the 20th century when dealers became more and more influential in the art market there is sufficient delving into 17th 18th and 19th century rogues to appreciate how far we have come to the present time when art has become financialised and a globalised vehicle for speculation and market manipulation something akin to bitcoin .

The book mostly centres on the great dealers of the 20th century who
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Philip Hook has written a book that could easily be used in university-level Art History classes and probably should be. Rogues' Gallery highlights the vital importance, and occasional really dirty dealing, of art dealers ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary era of European and American art. Without dealers, artists would often have been unable to sell their works and one need only look at the number of known artists wh
Tony Wainaina
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the longest, but most enjoyable reads for me, ever!! But I had no choice. Understanding the character, mind-set, motivation, and qualities of a successful art dealer were all attributes I had to understand from an experienced hand. And there was no better avenue for me to gain this knowledge than to immerse myself in Philip Hooks’s Rogue’s Gallery. I ended up reading and taking notes from the book like I was studying for an exam. Before delving into individual biographies of the ...more
Aistė Marija Grajauskaitė
P. Hooko knyga „Šelmių galerija. Meno ir jo pardavėjų istorija“ skaitytojui suteikia galimybę pamatyti meno rinkos, kaip atskiro mikrokosmo, istoriją. Joje pasakojama, kaip meno kūrinių prekeiviai, nepriklausomi pardavėjai, galerijų savininkai ir aukciono namų vadovai sukuria meno vertę ir legendą.
Ši knyga, ko gero, yra pirmoji atidžiai ir kruopščiai, bet įdomiai apžvelgianti meno pasaulio vadybininkų gyvenimą, istorijas apvelkanti detektyvine emocija, bei kvestionuojanti, ar tik vadybininkai,
Jonathan Corfe
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is no accident that when you think of an art dealer you think of someone with an air of culture, someone urbane, reserved and faintly untrustworthy. Someone who bridges the gap between artist and client with panache and mercenary zeal, slicing orf their commission and either using it to fund their own obsession for art or to purchase industrial quantities of Peruvian marching powder before predating on someone else's spouse.
As I have learned from exploring this book, this impression is based
Araceli Romo
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rogue’s Gallery is a history book about art dealers. Now, this is history and the author does use a lot of facts, but we must remember that this is someone’s point of view on art dealers’ history. Once we have made this point clear, I must say that Rogue’s Gallery is clearly targeting a certain audience and not necessarily artists. However, art teachers, historians, and owners of art galleries will find it interesting and even a rich reference resource. This is a non-fiction read so readers must ...more
Nikkie Sierra
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not typically a lover of non-fiction, and while I appreciate art I do not do a lot of reading geared towards it. However, Hook was able to draw me in with this intriguing, sometimes humorous and always fascinating look into the world of art dealing. This book gives a behind the scenes look into art dealing and would certainly be good for those who would like to use it for reference as well as those who are interested in the good, the bad and the ugly of the art world. I found this book to p ...more
Willy Marz Thiessam
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, finance
Philip Hook gives every art lover and every artist an invaluable gift. From the broad historical layout of where the art market came from to where it is going, to the incredible quotes that make the art of the sale seem so clear Hook presents a world in all of its complexity.

Its a practical matter of selling the ineffable products of an artist to those with fathomless wealth. And to that you end up with people who make it happen. Hook goes in depth with the characters who have made up this worl
Thuy Man
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is mainly about art dealing in the Modern Era. But I don't think there's something wrong with it; because Modern Era is the most influential period in art history. Art history is a complex topic and one book is not enough to contain all the information. Even so, this book shows you the evolution of art dealing from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century (not today, art dealing after mid-20 century is a different story).

He organizes the information very well, his writing skill is good.
Not for the casual reader. Hook is an erudite and pleasant writer who brings to life the various art dealers through the centuries- literally. It’s probably best if you have a basic knowledge of art history, but an interest in art is a must. Essentially, dealers sell,paintings for artists, for profit. In some cases, they influence artists themselves or influence the perception of a certain artistic style (as in Impressionism or Cubism). What comes through loud and clear is that dealers, like auc ...more
Julia Chupryna
Спочатку дане читиво викликало захват і оце щемке відчуття want more, далі стало потроху нуднувато, на Лео Кастеллі інтерес підвищився, але це вже були останні сторінки. Мінусам сприйняття сприяли неузгодженість текстових переходів, і почасти видумки автора (чи, принаймні, мій мозок ставив ці підсумки під сумніви, та ще й які). Оце все разом і плюс повторювана думка про те, що дилери - це щось середнє між актором, шахраєм і третім в особі двох попередніх склало враження, яке описати можна хіба щ ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Informative, extremely interesting and eminently readable, Philip Hook’s exploration of art dealing and art dealers is a real delight. Narrated in a lively and accessible style, with flashes of Hook’s dry wit, the book is a thoroughly well-researched and endlessly fascinating account of the art world and the art market through the ages.
Martin Castle
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book. I have never read anything about the art world before and this book makes it very personable bringing out the eccentric characters across the years. If you don’t like art as such it’s not a requirement to like this book as at its core are rogues that could be selling anything!
Rhonda Lomazow
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delicious behind the scenes look at the art world dealing bad deals outright thievery .The characters that deal in this world will engage& surprise you by their behavior .Thanks to The experiment & Netgalley for advance readers copy,
Kathy Duffy
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting and revealing book on the role of art dealers starting in the early middle ages and moving into modern times. The early innovations are something, I thought were much more recent... and the author is not shy with his opinions.
Miguel Lozano
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excelente y muy buen documentado libro sobre la historia de los comerciantes de arte. Creo que puede ser particularmente ilustrativo para aquellas personas que tienen una visión muy romántica de las artes, y que piensan que en la antigüedad los artistas no pintaban para vender.
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Philip Hook joined Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department as the senior specialist in 1994. Sotheby’s is the most prestigious Fine Art Auction House in the UK. He read History of Art at the University of Cambridge where he also won a soccer blue. In 1973 Philip joined Christie’s directly from University. He headed Christie’s 19th Century Paintings Department from 1980 to 1987. In betwee ...more

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