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Talk & Book Signing with Vanity Fair Writer Michael Schnayerson at Parrish Art Museum
August 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm$12
with author Michael Shnayerson and Parrish Director Terrie Sultan
August 1, 5 pm – 6:30 pm
$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students with ID
Join a conversation between Sultan and Shnayerson as he reveals his fascinating insider look at the meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world, namely the contemporary art market.
Michael Shnayerson is a long-time contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of seven non-fiction books on a wide range of topics, from electric vehicles to mountaintop coal mining. Shnayerson embarked on BOOM as a journalist exploring a colorful world he knew little about: contemporary art. His reporting led him to realize that the story, starting in post-World-War-II New York City and leading to the global bonanza it became, could best be told through the dealers who had championed and promoted the last half century’s most significant artists. Shnayerson conducted over 200 interviews. Some of those dealers, like Irving Blum and Paula Cooper, remain vital and engaged half a century after establishing their galleries. As each decade gave way to the next, far more dealers were available to tell their stories, among them Gavin Brown, Mary Boone, Marian Goodman, Anthony d’Offay, Lisa Spellman, Thaddaeus Ropac, David Kordansky, and many more. Inexorably, the story highlights the four so-called “Mega Dealers,” who have come to dominate the field: Arne Glimcher, Iwan Wirth, David Zwirner and—above even his fellow mega dealers—Larry Gagosian, who now has 17 galleries around the world. Big money—and big dealers—have affected the contemporary art market in ways both exhilarating and disturbing.