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A Hedonist's Guide to Art
A Hedonist's Guide to Art shines a light on both the little-known and the wilder shores of contemporary art, affording readers a peek inside the machinations of the gilded beast known as the "Art World." Here readers not only learn how to build up a collection of works and spend their money wisely, but also how to amass a collection of experiences that would make the most ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Hg2
(first published November 1st 2010)
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I purchased this book years ago at the National Art Gallery, and never got very far. I decided to start it this month, and read a few essays a day--it worked, I finally finished it! The book discusses modern art, collecting and selling art, and the process of creating it. Some of it was hilarious, other parts shocking (most of the pictures included were very phallic-don't leave this out as a coffeetable book!), but I found myself frustrated that it was obviously UK-centric. Most of the essayists ...more
Interesting anecdotes, although some wash together after a while. Occasionally funny, worthwhile compilation, if a very white, very moneyed view of the art world -- emphasis on the art world, and not so much the art. Sloppy copy-editing. Better in small doses, or read at random.