• The 12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    • The 12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    • By Don Thompson

    This is probably the best book ever written, at least that we know of, about the business of contemporary art. Loaded with great facts and tidbits, and just as interesting as it is informative. Don’t buy any more art until you’ve read this. Highly recommended

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  • Seven Days in the Art World
    • Seven Days in the Art World
    • By Sarah Thornton

    Written at the peak of the art boom, a series of day-in-the-life narratives set in the current world art capitols: New York, Los Angeles, London, Basel, Venice, and Tokyo.

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  • 100 ideas that Changed Art
    • 100 ideas that Changed Art
    • By Michael Bird

    Each section is 2 pages; one page with an image as an example of the idea, the next page is text explaining the idea’s impact on art. Covers ideas like wall painting, allegory, performance art, digital technology, street art, satire, collage – a very wide range.

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  • How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery
    • How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery
    • By Edward Winkleman

    A very good practical guide to running a gallery by someone who has actually done it. This is a business much like the restaurant business with a lot of people drawn to it because they think they’ll love it, without really knowing what they are doing, and consequently a very high failure rate. Read this before you jump in.

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  • The Art Museum
    • The Art Museum
    • By Phaidon press

    This is promoted as the greatest art book of all time, and it may well be. Originally listed at $200, I bought mine on Amazon for $100 and thought it was a tremendous value. You can now buy it for $70. It is mammoth, which is the point, but you need to be careful to make sure you have the room for this masterpiece. At almost 1,000 pages and over 18 pounds, 13.9 x 2.9 x 18.7 inches, it is HUGE. But a once in a lifetime acquisition.

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  • Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization
    • Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization
    • By Thomas Hoving

    Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has selected the 111 greatest works of Western art that he believes are "the pinnacles of quality, elegance, and artistic strength, the best mankind has created, the hallmarks of unalloyed genius," Very wide variety of work, both in mediums, places, and times.

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