By Philip Hook
For those who stand in entrance of a piece of paintings in a museum or exhibition, the 1st questions you quite often wonder are 1) Do i love it? and a pair of) Who’s it by?
When you stand in entrance of a piece of artwork in an public sale room or dealer’s gallery, you ask those questions through others: How a lot is it worthy? How a lot will it's worthy in 5 or ten years’ time? And what is going to humans consider me in the event that they see it placing on my wall?
Breakfast at Sotheby’s is an alphabetical consultant to how humans achieve solutions to such questions, and the way within the strategy paintings is given a monetary price. in line with Philip Hook’s thirty-five years’ adventure of the artwork industry, Breakfast at Sotheby’s explores the artist and his hinterland (including definitions for -isms, middle-brow artists, Gericault, and suicides), topic and elegance (from summary artwork and banality via surrealism and war), “wall-power,” provenance, and industry weather.
Comic, revealing, piquant, perfect, and infrequently absurd, Breakfast at Sotheby’s is a publication of delight and clever commentary, as engaged with paintings because it is with the area that surrounds it.
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