Landscape with Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United States by Malcolm GoldsteinLandscape with Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United States by Malcolm Goldstein

Landscape with Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United States

byMalcolm Goldstein

Hardcover | October 15, 2000

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How did the United States become not only the leading contemporary art scene in the world, but also the leading market for art? The answer has to do not only with the talents of American artists or even the size of the American economy, but also--and especially--the skills andentrepreneurship of American art dealers. Their story has not been told...until now. Landscape with Figures is the first history of art dealing in the United States, following the profession from eighteenth-century portrait and picture salesmen in the colonies to the high-profile, jet-set gallery owners of today. Providing anecdotal and carefully researched biographies of theprominent dealers from more than two centuries of trade, author Malcolm Goldstein shows how magnanimous personalities and social networking helped to shape the way Americans have bought and valued art. These dealers range from Michael Paff, whose enthusiasm often overshadowed his expertise butnonetheless helped him sell faux Old Master paintngs to major collectors in the early nineteenth century; to the imperious Joseph Duveen, dealer to magnates like Henry Clay Frick; to visionary Leo Castelli, who helped to usher in a revolution in modern art during the 1960s by showing suchavant-garde artists as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. Goldstein also shows that the American art trade, while male-dominated, has been galvanized by female dealers, including the inimitable Edith Gregor Halpert, Peggy Guggenheim, and Mary Boone. Their fascinating storiesunfold in the context of world art history, the rise of major art institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, and the growing zeal of art collectors who would eventually pay millions for individual works of art. Unprecedented and critical to understanding today's art world, Landscape with Figures is a must for artists, art history students, and art lovers.
Malcolm Goldstein is Professor Emeritus of English, the City University of New York.
Title:Landscape with Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United StatesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:October 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019513673x

ISBN - 13:9780195136739

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"An informative yet entertaining overview...introducing a motley but fascinating array of characters."--Times Literary Supplement