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ISBN10: 0446573655
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Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights--and, at times, the dark lows--of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

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Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

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Vivian Solomon, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Vivian Solomon)
A brief history of contemporary, modern, and pop art, wrapped up in a novel. Martin's descriptions of specific art works (with photographs) are lovely. I gave the book only 4 stars because I was not thrilled by the plot. But I did read the book in one sitting, so I recommend it.
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Pamela Barrett, March 9, 2012 (view all comments by Pamela Barrett)
Our storyteller, Daniel Franks, met Lacey Yeager when they were in college, where they bonded over their interest in art. He follows his art passion by writing art reviews for magazines and newspapers while she immerses herself in the world of buying and selling art: gleaning lessons as she works her way up from the basement of Sotheby’s and from behind the scenes of glamorous New York Galleries. Young and beautiful, Lacey is also smart, shrewd, and cunning in her climb to the top. She learns the ropes quickly, and Daniel, who has always been under her spell, follows her every move.

This novel is an insider’s look at the art world as told in a way that only Steve Martin could tell��"art history as a soap opera, never boring his tidbits about the artists and their creations are spot on. I spent hours asking my artist husband about these insights which he verified by dragging out books of specific paintings and artist bios. I would love to recommend it to students everywhere, but for one thing: the amount of sexual content is too much. One of my favorite quotes was “She understood that while a collector’s courtship of a picture was ostensibly romantic, at its root was lust.” Lust is part of the art world; too many artists slept with their models, each other and gallery owners over the centuries, but I think that he went a little overboard with descriptions of Lacey’s promiscuity. The details of her affairs had me skipping pages (TMI Steve) the title could have also been “Lust of the Eyes, and Lust of the Flesh.” I’m giving Object of Beauty 4 stars for the writing, story, and all the art education.
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dan.sampeck, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by dan.sampeck)
Very engaging and sublime.
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Martin, Steve
Grand Central Publishing
Literature-A to Z
Literature-Contemporary Women
Social climbing; Art dealers; Art ; Manipulation; Greed
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9 x 6 x 1 in 1.03 lb

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