Helps novice collectors become knowledgeable enough to buy works of
-- Helps readers learn how to appreciate art, distinguish quality
from junk, and eventually acquire enough knowledge and
self-confidence to start their own collection
When Jeanne Frank was made director of a department store
gallery in the 1960s, the self-taught art enthusiast was new to the
art world -- not to mention exhibiting and selling. This is the
book that Frank wishes had been available when she started.
According to Frank, beginners should start by viewing art in
museums rather than in galleries, noting artists whose work appeals
to them. Frank also explains museum space, how individual galleries
within museums are arranged, and where to find answers to a
newcomer's most likely questions. She defines the difference
between Modern and Contemporary art, as well as between
Expressionism, Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism, explains the
meanings of Abstract and Figurative art, and gives examples through
the work of Kline, Miro, Kandinsky, van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, and
Most of all, Frank's philosophy empowers readers to trust their
own judgment, and not assume that everything in a museum is great
art simply because it's in a museum. Taste in art -- like all
tastes -- is personal; and it continues to change throughout our
Fives based on repeated exposure and widening experience.
Renowned art collector Gertrude Stein once remarked: "When in a
museum, walk slowly but keep walking". With discovering Art, Jeanne
Frank guides the reader one step at a time.
"Strips away the mystique of the art world, and offers the
newcomer everything he or she needs to know.... I recommend the
book highly".-- James Goodman, President, Art Dealers Association
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