In Flagrante Collecto: (Caught in the Art of Collecting) Hardcover – 26 May 2006
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Fun and fascinating.
-- Period Living magazine, March 2007
About the Author
Marilynn Gelfman Karp is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art Professions in the Steinhardt School at New York University and the founder of the first Masters degree programme in Visual Arts Administration and Collecting.
Top Customer Reviews
Of course, much of the book features plenty of established collectables, like postcards, fruit crate labels, playing cards, political campaign buttons, matchbox labels and the old favourite: stamps. I thought the strength of the book was in picturing throwaway everyday printed ephemera and cheap production items like wire shirt-hangers, skate keys or shoe Blakey's that normally no one would bother to collect. Karp sees keepers of such stuff as true collectors.
As a designer for print I'm into any scrap of paper that has type on it so most of the book is quite fascinating for me as it shows so much printed material. Recently I started to collect the menus from chocolate boxes and after a while, like any collector, I came up with the problem of finding out about the subject. Collect something too obscure and you're the only one doing it so there's no chance to trade or connect with others. You'll know when your collection has `arrived' because Schiffer Books will publish one of their dreadful looking titles on it with the predictable cover line: Includes Price Guide.
An interesting point all the lovely illustrations throw up is that individually so many things do look dull and boring but collect several of them and suddenly they start to look visually quite exciting.Read more ›
Nice pictures of a wide selection of objects.
If you would like to collect soothing, start with this book.