Benevolence and Blasphemy: The Memoirs of a Contemporary Art Collector
Part memoir and part expose, Benevolence and Blasphemy is a wickedly funny memoir filled with anecdote, gossip, intelligence, and trenchant criticism, a hilarious romp through the glory days of the contemporary art market. J. Robert Orton Jr. loves art, particularly difficult art, but unlike most collectors he gives almost everything he collects to museums. What he loves best is the chase and the vibrant exchange of ideas that he has in his role as an open, imaginative patron of many of the top artists of our time. Orton gives the lowdown on everything from art world personalities to the byzantine back-office dealings of major American art museums and well known auction houses. Here is rare insight into the mind of a contemporary art collector. Orton's honesty and sense of the absurd make Benevolence and Blasphemy a delightfully subversive page turner.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Formation of the RSM Collection
Dealers and Artists
My Debacle with the Cincinnati Art Museum
1 other sections not shown
Alice Alice Aycock Angela Westwater appraisal arrived Art Museum art world artists Asger Jorn auction became Bob Brown Bob Stearns bought bronze budget canvas career Carl Andre Castelli Christie's Cincinnati collector colors contemporary art Contemporary Art Center contract cost curator Dan Graham David dealer Denny Young Diane director display drawings exhibit favorite feet felt finally gallery gave gazebo George Gilbert and George Hugh Davies immediately incredible installation Italo Italo Scanga Jennifer Bartlett Joel Jorn knew La Jolla later Leo Castelli living lower garden Maria Nordman Marian Goodman Michael Millard Rogers months never paid painting Paula Cooper person photograph piece purchase received Robert Orton RSM Collection sculpture seemed seum Smithson Sol LeWitt sold Sonnabend space spot staff studio telephoned tennis Thorp tion Untitled wall wanted wonderful York