marietutor, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by marietutor)
Steve Martin's book,"An Object of Beauty" is a brilliant and evocative treatment of the Art world,as seen through the eyes of a first person narrative.Each discussion of specific paintings is preceded by a copy of the picture within the plot of the book,giving the reader the opportunity to look with fresh perspective at some well known paintings,as well as some less familiar to the general public.Steve Martin develops a nearly impossible-to-put-down page turner,replete with the machinations of an Art groupie- turned-gallery owner,clawing her way to the inside circle of Art glitterati,and the entire book is infused with his love for and deep knowledge of the Art world.This novel,written with enthusiasm and exquisite connaissance,is a treasure to be added to one's personal library,bibliophile and casual reader alike. Stupendous!
gpapaseraphim, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by gpapaseraphim)
Very enjoyable read. If you liked Shopgirl, you will like this even more. Really delves into the whole NYC art scene. Interesting to read about the goings on "backstage" of art auction houses and galleries.
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In the '90s art world, Lacey Yeager is on the make and on the rise. She is selfish and unlikeable but has an astute charm that draws people in. I couldn't stop reading until I found out if she would succeed or go down in richly deserved flames.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale. Lacey Yeager is an ambitious young art dealer who uses everything at her disposal to advance in the world of the high-end art trade in New York City. After cutting her teeth at Sotheby's, she manipulates her way up through Barton Talley's gallery of 'Very Expensive Paintings,' sleeping with patrons, and dodging and indulging in questionable deals, possible felonies, and general skeeviness until she opens her own gallery in Chelsea. Narrated by Lacey's journalist friend, Daniel Franks, whose droll voice is a remarkable stand-in for Martin's own, the world is ordered and knowable, blindly barreling onward until 9/11. And while Lacey and the art she peddles survive, the wealth and prestige garnered by greed do not. Martin (an art collector himself) is an astute miniaturist as he exposes the sound and fury of the rarified Manhattan art world. If Shopgirl was about the absence of purpose, this book is about the absence of a moral compass, not just in the life of an adventuress but for an entire era. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day"
by Andrew Butterfield, The New Republic,
"A mix of artists, collectors, dealers, and writers wander in and out of the plot, which is contrived to include all parts of the New York art scene, from private Upper East Side galleries to downtown alternative spaces, and the story includes a few standard art world misdeeds: stolen paintings, fakes, self-dealing. Martin interposes fictional characters with real people — Larry Gagosian, William Acquavella, John Updike, John Richardson, Peter Schjeldahl, and other well-known figures make cameo appearances. Many of the settings of the book are stenographically rendered as well — the restaurants, the bars, and the galleries where the glitterati of the art world actually hang out." (Read the entire New Republic review)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Martin includes reproductions of artwork referenced in the text, lending another layer of sophistication to an already absorbing story. An artfully told tale of trade, caste and the obsessive mindset of collectors."
"This page-turner is likely to make readers feel like they have been given a backstage pass to an elite world few are privileged to observe."
by Library Journal,
"[Martin] examines the New York fine arts scene from its late-1990s heyday to the present.... his agile musings on art and the business of art will give book clubs much to discuss."
Lacey Yeager charms men and women with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallels the highs and lows of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.
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