Breakfast at Sotheby's

Breakfast at Sotheby's

An A-Z of the Art World

Book - 2014
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Breakfast at Sotheby's is a wry, intimate, truly revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from Philip Hook, a senior director at Sotheby's
'Reading it is like participating in a hugely enjoyable personal tutorial given by a cultured, witty, clear-eyed, world teacher with a fully functioning sense of humour. A real delight' - Spectator
'Hook's view of the art world is that of the professional auctioneer. In an A-Z format, it is an entire art education contained in under 350 pages. Wry, dry and completely beguiling' - William Boyd, Guardian, Books of the Year
'How to nail the mad, bad, crazy contemporary art world in print? Sotheby's senior director Hook draws on 35 years' experience in this informal memoir. He unravels, with humour, piquancy and erudition, what drives the economics of taste' - Financial Times, Books of the Year
'It's very hard to write an amusing book about art that has some serious things to say. But Philip Hook has done it ' - Sunday Times, Books of the Year
'An auctioneer's alphabet of quirky reflections and off-beat lists such as 'middle-brow artists' and 'fictional artists'- an ideal volume for the art-lover's bedside' - Martin Gayford, Spectator, Books of the Year
'His delightful Breakfast at Sotheby's is a house sale of a book, a chance for him to clear out 35 years of memories as an art dealer and auctioneer, first at Christie's and then Sotheby's, a rival auction house' - Economist
Philip Hook is a director and senior paintings specialist at Sotheby's. He has worked in the art world for thirty-five years during which time he has also been a director of Christie's and an international art dealer. He is the author of five novels and two works of art history, including The Ultimate Trophy , a history of the Impressionist Painting. Hook has appeared regularly on television, from 1978-2003 on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow .
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780718192457
Branch Call Number: 707.5 HOO
Characteristics: 1 volume :,illustrations ;,20 cm


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martins_mom Mar 09, 2016

An entertaining look at what people see in art and why they collect it. The author is a clever writer and really knows his stuff too.

6ATE4are May 19, 2014

This is not only a fascinating look into the art market but also funny. There are anecdotes of mistakes by art "experts" and translations of the obscure art speak used by the auction houses and dealers to sell art. The author deflates the pomposity and fakery in a way that had me laughing out loud.

May 12, 2014

Informative, funny and easily digested but one must remember that this "dictionary" is not about art but about the acquisition and financial value of art - what sells and why.

stewaroby Mar 14, 2014

Witty, learned and unusual in that it considers how art and money mix. It’s also full of fascinating characters from the history of art and it has some great lists.

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