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The Collector Book Report

Here is a little roundup for a bit of end-of-summer reading. We will have guest writers delve into a their favorite books oncollecting for our Chicago Art Collector Book Report.

Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts
by Hans Abbing

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
by Don Thompson (and Review forthcoming by our own Rene Schuler)

Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art
by Julian Stallabrass

True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World
by Anthony Haden-Guest

The Economics of Art and Culture
by James Heilbrun and Charles M. Gray

To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting
by Philipp Blom

The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa
by Michael Kimmelman

Chicago-centric publications  include:

Contemporary Collecting: The Donna and Howard Stone Collection
by James Rondeau

There are not one but two wonderful publications on the local Union League Club American Art Collection:
Union League Club of Chicago Art Collection
Introduction by Neil Harris with essays by Marianne Richter and Wendy Greenhouse

A History of the Art Collection of the Union League Club of Chicago
by Joan G. Wagner

This may be just tad dated (published in 2001) but there is always Leslie Hindman’s
Adventures at the Auction: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction
(with Dan Santow)