The Art Prophets: The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who by Richard Polsky

By Richard Polsky

Within the paintings Prophets, Richard Polsky introduces us to influential overdue twentieth-century purchasers and tastemakers within the artwork international. those danger takers opened doorways for artists, pointed out new events, and resurrected artwork types that had fallen into obscurity. during this specified journey, Polsky deals an insightful and fascinating conversation among artists and the visionaries who paved their way.

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Ivan Karp and dad Art
Stan Lee and comedian e-book Art
Chet Helms, invoice Graham, and the paintings of the Poster
John Ollman and Outsider Art
Joshua Baer and local American Art
Virginia Dwan and Earthworks
Tod Volpe and Ceramics
Jeffrey Fraenkel and Photography
Louis Meisel and Photorealism
Tony Shafrazi and highway Art

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Hey man! I’m in bad shape. I’m broke, I ain’t got no money, ain’t got no clothes, ain’t got nothing! If you got a job for me, I’m gonna take it. ’8 And, as luck would have it, Pete Jones did have a job. He was now a member of King Oliver’s touring band, and was in town with Oliver on a scouting expedition for a new tenor saxophonist. Lester was recruited on the spot, and when Oliver and Jones took him to meet the band, he found another old friend, Leonard Phillips, ensconced 2 the territory 21 in the trumpet section.

2 the territory 33 Leaving Kirk in September, perhaps because he didn’t feel comfortable in Ben Webster’s old place, he returned to Minneapolis, where he joined Rook Ganz’s band, and later Boyd Atkins. It was steady work, but well beneath his level. It was probably frustration which drove him back to Kansas City after six months, with no job in prospect. Kansas City and its nightlife had become such a magnet for musicians and entertainers that it was overflowing with talent and he was obliged to take whatever casual engagements he could get.

And all he did was just sort of stand there looking into space like he hadn’t heard what I’d said... Then he looked at me again. ‘What did I hear you say? ’ ‘Yes,’ I said. ’... And he just stood there, nodding his head, thinking about it, and then the next thing he said was like he was talking to himself. ‘Well, okay. ’4 A few days later, John Hammond finally made the journey to Kansas City and presented himself at the Reno. Basie greeted him warmly. ’ I asked. 5 His fears were justified. The contract called for twenty-four 78 rpm sides a year, for three years, at a total fee of $750 each year.

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