My Memorial Day read was An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin. I didn’t have a clue what the book was about. I’d heard it was good, but I must have been out of the studio the day it was reviewed on NPR. I was pleased to find that the book was about the gallery world in New York City, encapsulating the perfect time in history to write about the buying and selling of fine art.
While Object of Beauty is a work of fiction, I got the sense that Martin has been privy to many goings on in the art world, and his appreciation for art shines through. PicassoMio.com lists Martin among an important art collector in the U.S. stating he is a prolific art collector of mainly Contemporary works. It seemed as though through his narrator, Martin was recalling the time he actually dined with the odd assortment of artist, gallery owner, press people and other collectors. At any rate, he nailed the personality traits of the characters in the book, weaving a good story around art as a commodity.
Read the New York Times Review here.