A guide to collecting photography written by a photography specialist with Sotheby's features informal interviews with essential photographers, hundreds of illustrations and essays addressing key issues and themes. Original.
The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture is a seminal reference source for the ever-changing field of photography. Comprising an impressive range of essays and interviews by experts and scholars from across the globe, this book examines the medium’s history, its central issues and emerging trends, and its much-discussed future. The collected essays and interviews explore the current debates surrounding the photograph as object, art, document, propaganda, truth, selling tool, and universal language; the perception of photography archives as burdens, rather than treasures; the continual technological development reshaping the field; photography as a tool of representation and control, and more. One of the most comprehensive volumes of its kind, this companion is essential reading for photographers and historians alike.
This book is for art market researchers at all levels. A brief overview of the global art market and its major stakeholders precedes an analysis of the various sales venues (auction, commercial gallery, etc.). Library research skills are reviewed, and advanced methods are explored in a chapter devoted to basic market research. Because the monetary value of artwork cannot be established without reference to the aesthetic qualities and art historical significance of our subject works, two substantial chapters detail the processes involved in researching and documenting the fine and decorative arts, respectively, and provide annotated bibliographies. Methods for assigning values for art objects are explored, and sources of price data, both in print and online, are identified and described in detail. In recent years, art historical scholarship increasingly has addressed issues related to the history of art and its markets: a chapter on resources for the historian of the art market offers a wide range of sources. Finally, provenance and art law are discussed, with particular reference to their relevance to dealers, collectors, artists and other art market stakeholders.
Over the past 30 years, photography has revolutionized the traditional fine arts, and no collection better documents this dramatic transformation than that of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust. Featuring conceptual photographic works by almost 200 artists, ranging from Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg to Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andreas Gursky, and Matthew Barney, the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind, public or private, in the world. Through more than 500 full-color reproductions and a groundbreaking analysis by critic Klaus Kertess, Photography Transformed surveys this outstanding assemblage. Exploring subjects such as the influence of 1960s conceptual art on contemporary photography and the impact of video and film on still imagery, it places the works in historical context. Much more than a mere overview, this ambitious, insightful volume seeks to illustrate how and why the medium of photography has claimed modern art's center stage.