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Collecting Contemporary Vinyl Bound – June 1, 2006

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About the Author

Adam Lindemann

Born in New York City, Adam Lindemann grew up in an art collecting family. He began his own collection with African and Oceanic art and eventually focused on Contemporary Art, specifically work created in the last ten years. An active collector, he has canvassed the world’s art exhibitions, art fairs, galleries and private collections, following the art market boom of the last several years. A radio entrepreneur, his company, Mega Communications, has pioneered Latin radio in several U.S. markets as well as producing Latin music events. In partnership with designer Marc Newson, he is relaunching IKEPOD, a manufacturer of Swiss timepieces.

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Product Details

  • Vinyl Bound: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822849391
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822849392
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Dunkelman on October 17, 2006
Format: Vinyl Bound
A book for the rest of us! Adam Lindeman lays out the basics surrounding the world of contemporary art using a series of interviews with collectors, dealers, critics and curators. As the book explains, contemporary art is hugely popular all over the world and the internet and art fairs have changed the nature of the business. This book is a primer for those who have touched the edges of the contemporary art world and will likely prove interesting for those who are already knowledgable.

The physical layout of the book and the excellent color reproductions of dozens of pieces is worth the price of admission on this one.

Alas Mr. Lindeman's decision not to include the opinions of any artists probably sums up the state of the contemporary art world. The artists are almost secondary to the process.
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Any collector of contemporary art should buy this one. Adam Lindeman has done a superb job of pulling together commentary from many of those who are generally recognized as among today's most influential curators, dealers, collectors and critics. We rarely get to hear from many of these people, yet their consensus is what makes the art market and, for those of us who have been observers for many years, that consensus is sometimes difficult to understand.

There are just enough pictures of works, all in color, to provide a backdrop to what is largely a book devoted to a monologue by each expert. Obviously a curator may have a different viewpoint from a dealer; collectors and critics offer further insights. Reading what each has to say from their various perspectives allows us to reach our own, more informed conclusions.

Would be a five-star rating but the format appears to be a standard list of questions submitted to each respondent with the answers then edited by Lindeman to fit the available space. An interactive format between author and respondent would have allowed some needed follow-up. We also don't hear from art world figures who were most signficant ten years ago, or, in a similar effort twenty years ago, de Coppet's The Art Dealers. The perspectives of those interviewed in de Coppet's book regarding today's art scene would be interesting.

One can hardly talk about collecting today without talking about valuations, and we note that several of Lindeman's participants question the prices currently being paid at auction for some younger artists, such as a million dollars for a Yuskavage when the same money will buy you a strong Close; more for a Glenn Brown than for the Frank Auerbach from which it is derived.
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Although Adam Lindemann has obviously his own strong opinions about the contemporary art world and market, he shows enormous restraint in this book in bringing forward the opinions of many people having a view on the subject from very different angles. I learned a lot. What I appreciate the most is a writer not shoveling information down my throat and wanting me to think like him/her but a writer who respects the reader and allow the reader to make his/her own decision, the same way as opinions about art might vary widely. It would be my pleasure to fill my evenings and thinking moments in the presence of people like this author who dares to take a fresh approach.
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If you collect art, want to collect art, or want to understand the basics of a world where someone will pay a million dollars for something that looks like it came from a garage sale, read this book. I gave it to a friend who was on her way to Art Basel, she bought something there and saved thousands of dollars because she knew the questions to ask and the roles of the players. Besides, it's fun to read.
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Knowing very little about the contemporary art scene, I bought this book to prepare myself for the Venice Biennale. I found the format of interviewing various experts in the art world--from gallerists to collectors to auction houses to museums--extremely helpful and enlightening. It was fascinating that these seasoned insiders often had violently different opinions on the same topic. I'm grateful to Adam Lindemann for pulling back the curtain in Oz to let us glimpse how this complex microcosm really works.
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I'm so glad I read this book right before I went to the Miami Basel Art Fair because it was THE book to accurately describe the atmosphere and personalities of the current contemporary art scene. The book was easy to read, I even read several paragraphs out loud to my boyfriend because they were so spot on. Plus, the design of the book is wonderful. The author and designer of this book got all the details right. Bravo!
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The book is beautiful, and the content is beyond good. I didn't buy it new because it was not in stock but I definitely would without hesitation buy it again new or in any other state. It's well worth it.
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The blurb I read online made this book sound like a gave all the inside dirt about every gallery and I was pretty excited to read it. In reality what it appears to be is a collection of gallery owners etc. responding to a series of survey questions. The problem with this is we do not learn the dirt, we do not learn anything particularly new, and the results tend to repeat themselves. Most of what makes up the content of this book is already widely known. We know that collectors have a lot of money and we know that works by the top artists cannot be purchased by just anyone. So the book comes off as a way of letting a few individuals have their 15 min. It's not really a book artists will find much use for. And collectors will find direct advice somewhat lacking. Yet I recommend the book for a browse. For those interested in the real grit of the high class art world you will probably enjoy The $12 Million Stuffed Shark.
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