The Art Prophets: The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World

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Other Press, LLC, Oct 25, 2011 - Art - 272 pages
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In The Art Prophets, Richard Polsky introduces us to influential late twentieth-century dealers and tastemakers in the art world. These risk takers opened doors for artists, identified new movements, and resurrected art forms that had fallen into obscurity. In this distinctive tour, Polsky offers an insightful and engaging dialog between artists and the visionaries who paved their way.
Table of contents
Ivan Karp and Pop Art
Stan Lee and Comic Book Art
Chet Helms, Bill Graham, and the Art of the Poster
John Ollman and Outsider Art
Joshua Baer and Native American Art
Virginia Dwan and Earthworks
Tod Volpe and Ceramics
Jeffrey Fraenkel and Photography
Louis Meisel and Photorealism
Tony Shafrazi and Street Art

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THE ART PROPHETS: The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World

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The author of I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) (2009) returns with a paean to the prophets who saw profits in genres of art that were then outside the mainstream.After defining his concept of "art ... Read full review


IntroductionWhat Is an Art Prophet?
Chapter OneIvan Karp and Pop Art
Chapter TwoStan Lee and Comic Book Art
Chapter ThreeChet Helms Bill Graham and the Art of the Poster
Chapter FourJohn Ollman and Outsider Art
Chapter FiveJoshua Baer and Native American Art
Chapter SixVirginia Dwan and Earthworks
Chapter SevenTod Volpe and Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture
Chapter EightJeffrey Fraenkel and Photography
Chapter NineLouis Meisel and Photorealism
Chapter TenTony Shafrazi and Street Art
Notes and Sources
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Richard Polsky is the author of I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon), I Bought Andy Warhol, and The Art Market Guide (1995–1998). He began his professional career in the art world thirty-two years ago and in 1984 founded Acme Art, where he showed the work of such artists as Joseph Cornell, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Bill Traylor. Since 1989 he has been a private dealer specializing in works by postwar artists, with an emphasis on Pop Art. He lives in Sausalito, California.

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