The Art Prophets by Richard Polsky
The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World

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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

About Richard Polsky

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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.
Published October 25, 2011 by Other Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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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.

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As art investing has been as much a topic in the news as the art itself, a book on the Warren Buffetts of the art world would seem to make perfect sense.

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Richard Polsky, a big hitter in the art world since the early 1980s, has written a handful books about the art world, but his recent work, The Art Prophets, published by Other Press, is the perfect place for a novice artist or even interested party to start learning the ropes.

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Castelli gets full credit for Pop Art's popularity, but Polsky says the owner of the influential Leo Castelli Gallery was initially put off by the idiosyncratic beyond belief Warhol, especially when the artist handing Castelli a mask to wear during their first meeting.

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