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Supermodel and the Brillo Box : Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art

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Acquiring contemporary art is about passion and lust, but it is also about branding, about the back story that comes with the art, about the relationship of money and status, and, sometimes, about celebrity.The Supermodel and the Brillo Box follows Don Thompson's 2008 bestseller The $12 Million Stuffed Shark and offers a further journey of discovery into what the Crash of 2008 did to the art market and the changing methods that the major auction houses and dealerships have implemented since then. It describes what happened to that market after the economic implosion following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and offers insights and art-world tales from dealers, auction houses, and former executives of each, from New York and London to Abu Dhabi and Beijing. It begins with the story of a wax, trophy-style, nude upper-body sculpture of supermodel Stephanie Seymour by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which sold for $2.4 million to New York über-collector and private dealer Jose Mugrabi, and recounts the story of a wooden Brillo box that sold for $722,500. The Supermodel and the Brillo Box looks at the increasing dominance of Christie's, Sotheby's, and a few über dealers; the hundreds of millions of new museums coming up in cities like Dubai, Abu Dabai, and Beijing; the growing importance of the digital art world; and the shrinking role of the mainstream gallery.

A follow-up to The $12 Million Stuffed Shark continues the author's investigation into the impact of the 2008 economic crash on the art market and the changing responses of major action houses and dealerships. 50,000 first printing.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 282
Genre: Art, Business + Money Management
Sub-Genre: History / Contemporary (1945-), Economic Conditions
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Don Thompson
Language: English
Street Date: November 17, 2015
TCIN: 23937189
UPC: 9781250075062
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7779
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