The 20 Must-Read Books for Art Collectors

Diving into the realm of art collecting requires a blend of passion and knowledge. A well-chosen book can be a guiding light, illuminating the path with insights and expertise. Here’s a curated reading list designed to deepen your understanding of art, its history, and the intricacies of collecting:

1. “The Art of Buying Art” by Paige West:

This insightful book demystifies the art-buying process, making it accessible to all. West offers a comprehensive guide on how to navigate the art market, from galleries to auctions.

2. “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton:

Step into the bustling world of art with Thornton as she chronicles her adventures, from studios to Biennale. It’s a vibrant peek into contemporary art culture.

3. “The $12 Million Stuffed Shark” by Don Thompson:

Ever wondered about the high price tags on contemporary art? Thompson delves into the economics and psychology of the art market, offering a riveting exploration.

4. “Art Collecting Today” by Doug Woodham:

Navigating the modern art market can be daunting. Woodham offers valuable insights, backed by firsthand experiences and interviews, guiding budding collectors.

5. “The History of Art” by H.W. Janson:

A timeless classic, this book charts the journey of art through the ages. From ancient civilizations to modern masterpieces, it’s a comprehensive overview for any art lover.

6. “Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art” by Laney Salisbury:

A thrilling tale that delves into the world of art forgery. It underscores the importance of provenance and research in art collecting.

7. “Collecting Contemporary” by Adam Lindemann:

Lindemann offers an insider’s perspective on collecting contemporary artworks, shedding light on the nuances of the vibrant and ever-evolving art scene.

8. “How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery” by Edward Winkleman:

Though centered on running a gallery, Winkleman’s book offers collectors insights into the business side of the art world, adding depth to their collecting journey.

9. “Art as an Investment” by Melanie Gerlis:

For those intrigued by art’s financial aspects, Gerlis provides a comprehensive analysis, balancing passion and pragmatism in art investments.

10. “The Art Museum” by Phaidon Editors:

This visual feast offers a tour of the world’s most iconic artworks and galleries, right from the comfort of your reading nook.

11. “The Intrepid Art Collector” by Lisa Hunter:

A beginner’s guide that breaks down art jargon and intricacies, making the art collecting journey smooth and enjoyable.

12. “A History of Pictures” by David Hockney and Martin Gayford:

An insightful dialogue between an artist and a critic, exploring the evolution of pictures and art mediums.

13. “Rogues’ Gallery” by Philip Hook:

Delving into the art world’s underbelly, Hook presents riveting tales of scandal, intrigue, and the fascinating characters of the art market.

14. “Art and Money” by Marc Shell:

An exploration of the complex relationship between art, its valuation, and currency. It’s an eye-opener for serious collectors.

15. “The Value of Art” by Michael Findlay:

Findlay, an art dealer, delves deep into what truly gives art its value, both monetarily and intrinsically.

16. “Art Thinking” by Amy Whitaker:

Blending creativity with practicality, Whitaker provides a unique perspective on approaching art, not just as a collector but as a visionary.

17. “Art & Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

A deep dive into the challenges and triumphs of the artistic journey. It’s a testament to the dedication and passion behind every artwork.

18. “Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained” by Susie Hodge:

Modern art can be puzzling. Hodge offers a delightful, clear explanation, making contemporary art accessible to all.

19. “The Art of Looking: How to Read Modern and Contemporary Art” by Lance Esplund:

Esplund guides readers on how to interpret and appreciate the complexities of modern art, enriching their collecting journey.

20. “Collecting Art for Love, Money, and More” by Ethan Wagner and Thea Westreich Wagner:

This book presents a holistic view, delving into the emotional, financial, and aesthetic facets of art collecting.

Remember, as you immerse yourself in these enriching reads, your artistic journey will be incomplete without a few real acquisitions. Look to Homiens for those perfect pieces that will resonate with your refined taste and newfound knowledge.