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First Friday Book Club at The Johnston Collection

FIRST FRIDAY BOOK CLUB | Rogues Gallery | A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip HookFriday 6 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Philip Hook’s fascinating and elegantly written book, Rogues Gallery | A History of Art and its Dealers, is a close examination of the history of the art-money nexus and the middlemen, the art dealers, who make the connection. 

How do you market paintings?   How does the art market function?    Who are the dealers? 

With over forty years of experience as expert, auctioneer, and dealer at Sotheby’s, Philip Hook takes us through the fascinating history of art dealers from the Renaissance to contemporary times.   He guides us expertly through the very beginnings of dealership in the Renaissance, where there were agents and merchants selling art. He then goes on to analyse the increasing complexities of the role of the European art dealer as the centuries move on until, arriving at the middle of the 1800s, we come across a world recognisable as almost contemporary in terms of its commercial aspirations, cash flow and aggressive business methods.

Artists, dealers and collectors who feature with Hook include Picasso, dealer Paul Durand-Ruel and collector Peggy Guggenheim.  There are plenty of rogues but also there are famous dealers who changed the art world because they championed artists and movements. Through intriguing stories, the author covers a wide range of people to demonstrate, as Robert Hughes explained, “the price of a work of art is an index of pure, irrational desire, and nothing is more manipulable than desire."

The Johnston Collection is located in a residential area.  We do not publish our address.  All visitors must arrive via The Johnston Collection courtesy bus with pick-up at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne ten minutes before the start of the event you have booked into.  Entry will not be permitted to those coming directly to the Collection including confirmed bookings.  Visitors can opt to return to the Pullman Melbourne on the Park in our courtesy bus at the completion of their visit.  Fairhall exhibition-house tours and lectures take about 1½ hours. We encourage all visitors to arrive at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park,192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne by public transport.

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