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From Manet to Manhattan: Rise of the Modern Art Market Hardcover – 5 Nov 1992

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  • Hardcover: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (5 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091740045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091740047
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Watson was educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome. He has spent most of his life in newspapers, as a correspondent or an editor for the Sunday Times, The Times and the Observer, where he writes a weekly column on the art market. He has also written for the Spectator and is a contributor for the New York Times. In 1983, after posing as an international art dealer, he exposed a ring of art theives and smugglers moving stolen paintings from Italy to America. His investigation resulted in four people being convicted. His account, The Carvaggio Conspiracy was awarded a Gold Dagger by the British Crime Writers' Association. It was dramatised by the BBC, and nominated for an 'Emmy'. He has since published four thrillers set in the art world. Peter Watson lives in London and the south of France. His recreations are fishing, cricket and opera. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I purchased this book for academic purposes and I found it to be a waste of money. I am sure it would be an interesting leisurely read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot believe I am the first 30 May 2010
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There are two kinds of good books. The first are those that are so good that everyone recommends them to their friends and they become popular. The second are those that are so good that people may actually want to keep it a secret. This may be the second kind. I cannot understand why I am the first to write a review. This book offers itself as a history not about art but about the art market. At times one gets lost in the flurry of names, dates, and prices, but it is all here. And as a hidden bonus it says nearly everything that is worth saying about both the economics and the psychology of collecting. This is a brilliant book that should by now have shaped the course of writing art history. Of course, it hasn't.

My only criticism for the current reader is that it was written in 1992 soon after the art market exploded (not the author's fault) and desperately needs an update. This is like saying Vasari needs an update. Sadly I do know of anyone currently active with the experience to write such a book.

Peter Watson himself is an extraordinary combination of talents. He is also the author of two other excellent books on intellectual history. I think this would put him in a unique position to write a defining work on the aesthetics of Modern Art particularly since so much of contemporary art is involved with ideas. Watson has written, "I believe that a whole book needs to be written about the aesthetics in the wake of Pop Art: its significance has not yet been fully digested or understood." (pg. 470) I would only beg that it might also include his views on minimalism and conceptual art and whatever the hell is going on now. Other than perhaps Robert Hughes, Watson may be the only person capable of completing such a project. Of course, I fear there may be many out there who would prevent him from doing so. He's that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every artist and art lover 28 Dec. 2012
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Art is communication, it is culture. The development of a marketplace for art that did not represent the traditional historical scene or portrait was done by the willingness of artists and dealers to risk their incomes by supporting honest communication and expression. The results have been a vigorous response by contemporary culture in support of the arts. This is an important read for anyone who understands that our lives and well-being are as linked to our cultures as to our military power.
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