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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 01 edition (29 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849775
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'impressive ... captur[es] the thrill of collecting'

'embraces the thrills, ups, downs and of course, advantageous aspects of collecting art ... Thea and Ethan Wagner are your authors and amidst entertaining anecdotes and experiences they've had as huge art collectors for three decades, they explain how to navigate the art market and access the world of galleries, auction houses, art fairs and biennales....definitely worth getting a copy ... a great read for those interested in art in all forms.'

'comprehensive ... rich with anecdotes ... a more diverting read than might be expected of a vade mecum to the art market. .. written in a conversational tone that suggests the authors are experienced in putting others at their ease. ... the authors are to be applauded for their efforts to demystify the process ... reassuring to any readers making their first steps towards buying art.'
The Art Newspaper, Frieze New York Daily Edition

'New York-based art advisers Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have made a career out of cutting through the hype. . .They've penned a comprehensive new book that looks at every facet of collecting from the adrenaline rush of discovery to the challenges of figuring out [what] will still be valuable in 2025.'
The Wall Street Journal

'A how-to book. . .from two of the sharpest eyes in contemporary art. . .It would be hard to imagine two better-qualified guides for these choppy, sometimes disgusting, often ecstatic waters.'
Jerry Saltz for New York Magazine

About the Author

Ethan Wagner's art interests go back more than two decades; he has collected art, published artists' books, and been involved with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other art organizations. He now manages Art Advisory's business and financial practices and external communications, canvasses the international art market on behalf of clients, and publishes artists' books.

Thea Westreich Wagner worked for numerous years as a volunteer in the visual and performing arts. She founded Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services in 1982, and has advised private collectors throughout the United States and Europe. She has built a library of 13,000 volumes that underlies her firm's dedication to research and analysis. She also publishes artists' books.

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I haven't read and enjoyed a book connected to the art scene quite as much as this one!
Bravo! I loved the chatty insight into every nuance of purchasing contemporary art, from people who know this world inside out.
It's a super little, hardbook book, lot's of writing, interesting imagery and Phaidon-quality from start to finish.
I have been educated by reading this volume; what whimsy, bluff and money is stuffed into the shirts of contemporary art- a good book.
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A worthwhile book for those about to start out collecting art. A good book for dipping in and out of.
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HASH(0x9ba6fe1c) out of 5 stars Written by art advisors promoting their business 19 April 2014
By Buffy - Published on Amazon.com
Collecting art, especially the work of in-demand emerging artists, is opaque and difficult to say the least. In the book's promotional blurb it promises to reveal the "secrets of successful collectors" and offer advice on "discovering new talent and accessing the best work to getting the highest returns on investment." Unfortunately the answer to both of these problems is to hire an art advisor. And what do you know, the authors happen to run an art advisory business. It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise but you aren't going to get any secrets or insider tips on how to get access to the best work. One bit of advice they do offer that might help you get a coveted artwork: tell the art dealer or gallery representing the artist that you plan on donating the work to a museum. Any takers? This book is probably a great promotional handout to the author's prospective clients but otherwise it's an epic fail.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba74240) out of 5 stars Too much New York! 28 April 2013
By Johnwoo - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book written from a person with an art interest from NY area. The rest of the country is ignored.
HASH(0x9ba74168) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Dec. 2014
By Peter Aradi - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book that demystify collecting modern art.
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HASH(0x9ba7424c) out of 5 stars Praxis, Praxis, Praxis 30 Jun. 2013
By A K Rye Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book I picked up at my library recently on the premise that, yes, I could still use some more insight on how that all works. On the cover there was a cartoonish picture of a man in an Eames chair sitting in front of tall, colorful sculpture that looks a lot like Willy Wonka's "Everlasting Gobstopper" gone out of control, almost literal eye-candy if you will. And that is all it really takes for me, unless another artist, or literary-type verbally reaches inside through the telephone and twists my arm about a must read. It has quotes in the margins for those of you with no time or attention-span to actually read drawn from interviews with collectors and stories of collectors who've done well, like John Quinn. What? You don't know of John Quinn? What kind of art aficionado are you, anyway? It is packed with photos and illustrations, again with a cartoonish humor. In it, under the topic of "The Impact of Personality" as regards artists I learned that Peter Paul Rubens was also an ambassador for the Habsburg monarchy, and helped broker peace between England and Spain when not futuristically cultivating the adjective "Ruben-esque". Talk about your Renaissance-man way out ahead of the curve before all the Renaissance Festivals! Further on, reading about developing relationships with artists it went on to say:

"For avid collectors, visiting artists in their studios is an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of their praxis."

This caused me concern. Getting so involved with your artist, at this point shouldn't you really be getting him or her to a dentist straight away to get that praxis cleaned out, and sent home with a prescription for some anti-biotics? Though I now know why Professor Turner was always groaning, "Praxis! Praxis! Praxis!" at the end of every life-drawing session.
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