Ten Books Every Art Investor Should Read
In order to successfully navigate the art market one needs to not only have a good knowledge of art but also an understanding of the dealers, artists, collectors, investors and curators that drive the art market. The art market is a complex creature that requires a unique approach that can only be perfected by gaining an understanding of the people involved in the art market and the way they work. I have therefore put together a list of ten books that I think provide the information required to be able to approach the art market with confidence.
The Story of Art – E.H.Gombrich:
A highly regarded, comprehensive look at the history of western art by the revered art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich
Davenports Art Reference and Price Guide:
The standard artist directory containing biographical and select pricing information for over 300,000 international artists
A highly informative and extremely well written guide to collecting contemporary art and navigating the art market
The Intrepid Art Collector:
An excellent guide to starting an art collection for the budget concious by art collector Lisa Hunter
The Art of the Steal, Inside The Sothebys – Christies Auction Scandal:
An eye opening account of the art auction price fixing scandal that rocked the art world that anyone involved in the art market should know about
Fake! The Story of Elmyr De Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time:
An enlightening profile of a master art forger that provides valuable information on the techniques and tricks used by art forgers
The Girl With the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert And the Making of the Modern Art Market:
A compelling biography of the pioneering art dealer Edith Halpert that also provides very useful insights into the lives of dealers, artists, buyers and museums
Hislop’s Official International Price Guide to Fine Art:
An essential guide that covers international art auction sales of more than 80,000 works of original art from more than 25,000 of the most popular artists
The Art Crowd:
An entertaining yet highly informative insight into the world of art dealers, collectors, artists and museums
Styles, Schools and Movements: The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art:
With so many different movements, schools and styles of modern art it is important for the art investor to know the who, what, where and when of them all.
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.