American Art: Collecting and Connoisseurship

September 2020  Back

New from Merrell Publishers, American Art: Collecting and Connoisseurship will appeal to the serious collector and connoisseur of American art of the 19th and 20th centuries. All twenty-eight chapters offer thought-provoking examinations of a wide variety of topics, each written by an acknowledged expert in their field.

The Connoisseuership and the Collector section is headed by Joel Rosenkranz' chapter: Embracing The Third Dimension: Some Guidelines on Collecting One Hundred Years of Figurative American Sculpture, 1840–1940.

American Art is divided into three primary sections. Part I, ‘The Historical Overview’, explores subjects ranging from the Hudson River School to the art of the American West, American artists in Europe, American Impressionism, modernism, African American art, and the major artists John Sloan, Everett Shinn, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Willem de Kooning and Guy Pène du Bois.

Part II deals with ‘Connoisseurship and the Collector’, and covers such topics as developing an instinct for quality; dealing in fine art; conservation; choosing wisely in making a collection; researching paintings you may be considering acquiring; the role of qualified art advisers; the anatomy of an auction; and legal issues when buying and selling art. Featured in these discussions are prominent collectors who have contributed so greatly to the American art scene over many years.

Part III of American Art is devoted to ‘Changes in the Art Market’. Here the authors consider, among other subject matter, ways of connecting historical American art and the modern world; why galleries matter; and shifting tastes in American art.

American Art: Collecting and Connoisseurship provides a unique insider’s view of art collecting, buying and selling, valuation, conservation and legal issues, and will prove to be an essential guide for the novice and the experienced collector alike.

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Merrell Publishers 

ISBN # 978-1-8589-4682-5

US release: September 2020