05 January 2012

An Object of Beauty


Last month I read Steve Martin's An Object of Beauty. As a self-proclaimed-art-affcionado, a long time fan of name-dropping artists and galleries, and a lover of books with pictures (see: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and my entire career as an art history major) - it should come as no surprise that I adored this book. Lacey Yaeger the protagonist is both heroic and pathetic all wrapped into one, but let's not summarize or generalize here. Steve Martin creates a character inside of a somewhat realistic depiction of the expanding art world from the 90's to present day, always shrouding the conflicts and triumphs in a blanket of wit and humor. Names and characters come and go mirroring trends in the art world. Place is just as much a part of this story as the people in it - New York City, and the definitive art neighborhoods within, Uptown galleries versus the Downtown scene. Where you are is just as important as who you are. And when factors in just as much as well, as Lacey deals with the aftermath of very real current events including 9/11 and the collapse of Wall Street in 2008.

If you have a moment, love art, and possess a sense of humor, you will truly love this book. Not to mention, there are lovely color reproductions to tantalize you...

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