Fantastic New Art Price Reference for Only $19.95
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ADEC (short for Annuaire des Cotes
Moyennes) is fast becoming the world's leading resource for art auction
price information. Earlier this year, they took over Falk's Art Price
Index, America's number one art auction price reference publisher, and will
incorporate its databases into subsequent ADEC art price annuals.
The even bigger news is that for the first time anywhere, ADEC has
published a book called the Art Price Indicator which contains well
over 100,000 auction records of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures,
and photographs by 50,000 artists from around the world.
Latin American Artist Signature Directory
John Castagno continues in his apparent quest to document every significant artist's signature on this planet with the release of his sixth directory, Latin American Artists' Signatures and Monograms, Colonial Era to 1996. His five other directories are the best in their fields and his sixth is equally superior. It lists 1,100 artists and includes 1,650 signature examples.
This book marks a bit of a departure for Castagno as he has enhanced the amount of data contained within each entry to the point where it effectively doubles as an artist dictionary. In addition to signature examples, he includes thumbnail biographies, birth and death dates, nationalities, group and solo exhibitions, awards, reviews, articles, literature where further information can be found, and even recent price information when available. Latin American art is more popular than ever and this directory fills an important gap in available research materials. I highly recommend it.
Latin American Artists' Signatures and Monograms, Colonial Era to 1996 by John Castagno, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, MD, 1997, hardbound, 688 pages, 8 3/4 by 11 1/4 inches, $145.
Available from Scarecrow Press, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706 or call toll-free 1-800-462-6420.
Gordon's Print Price Annual is Still the Best
Gordon's Print Price Annual is the world's leading guide to fine print prices at auction and has been so for the past 21 years. The 1998 edition contains over 50,000 records of graphics that have sold at auction worldwide. Print categories include Old Master, modern, contemporary, decorative, historical, and Japanese; poster catagories include vintage, fine art, and film; book catagories include illustrated books, livres d'artiste, and books and periodicals with original graphics; and sales results for Picasso ceramics have been thrown in for good measure.
What separates Gordon's from other auction records and price guides is that Gordon's entries are substantially better researched and detailed. They contain information about impression quality, paper type, condition, and margins when made available by the auction houses. Prints are grouped together by title, titles are translated to those of the catalogues raisonne, and incorrect titles are corrected. Edition sizes, states, catalogue raisonne numbers, and other essential data are also included in many entries. Buy-ins are listed alongside sold prints with identical titles and records for lower priced prints can also be found as Gordon's has no price cut-offs.
Make Gordon's your first choice whenever you have to research fine print auction prices. No other compendium even comes close.
Gordon's Print Price Annual 1998 edited by Jodie L. Benson, Gordon's Art Reference, Inc., Phoenix, 1998, hardbound, 1996 pages, 8 3/4 by 11 1/4 inches, $225.
Available from Gordon's Art Reference, Inc., 306 West Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1147 or call 1-800-892-4622 or email their website at http://www.gordonart.com.