Book Read! An Object of Beauty
First sentence: “I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacey Yeager, yet worry that unless I write her story down, and see it bound and tidy on my bookshelf, I will be unable to ever write about anything else.”
P. 99: “There were paintings that were intentionally bad, which was an easier goal to reach than those trying to be intentionally good.”
Last sentence: “I sent Tanya the manuscript, but I have not yet heard from her.”
What a great book… Of course, being an art historian and a philosopher, I tend to like books about art and philosophy, and this book really has it all. I liked the story of Lacey, a young woman trying to make her carrier in the art-world of New York, but I really loved Martin’s critical and sometimes cynical view on art and the art world (When an object of beauty becomes an object of value). I’m only sorry I didn’t take notes while reading; so many times I thought: “Oh, this is so good, I ‘ll have to remember this”, and of course I forgot.
Definitely worth reading this book, even if you have only the slightest interest in art and all the forces working around it.
This book was the 8th I read for the Buy One Book and Read It 2011! Challenge.