Collecting Art for Love, Money & More Giveaway

May 13, 2013 Book ReviewsGiveaways

The 92YTribeca has many intelligent cultural lectures, so when I was invited to attend a talk on the new book “Collecting Art for Love, Money and More” I was excited to hear what the experts had to say about the many essential questions that surround the quest to collect contemporary art. The authors, art advisors and collectors, Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner were joined by Amy Cappellazzo, Christie’s International co-head of postwar and contemporary art and Stefan Kalmar, Artists Space executive director, in a engaging and humorous talk that was accessible, even for the average art lover.

I thought the audience question and answer session was most beneficial for information on the many common questions that most new collectors (not necessarily educated in art) have. It also gave a more personal insight on the different topics discussed in the book.

Q. The commentator started with the most obvious question to ponder, “What is the ‘more’?”

A. Cappellazzo’s opinion was that it is the “fantasy and what the object gives back to you.”

Westreich’s experience was that it is the “relationships you establish with artists, galleries and writers.”

Wagner’s idea was it refers to, “engaging with the community.”

Q. “How do you define an important work of art?”

A. Cappellazzo’s expert opinion was by its “immense cultural value.”

Westreich believes that “the price and importance don’t necessarily correlate.”

Q. On the topic of art shows vs. art fairs, the commentator asked, ”how should people navigate art shows?”

A. Westreich thought they were both a very quick and easy was to learn a lot but they are both very different experiences.

Cappellazzo’s humous response to that difference was, “liking art at an art fair is like liking animals in a zoo. Liking art at an art show is like liking animals in their natural habitat.”


Here are more details about the book:

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Hardback 9 5/8 x 6 3/4  in

192 pages

65 color illustrations

Published 2013

Value is $35.00


To win a brand new copy of Collecting Art for Love, Money & More:

In the comments section of this post, answer the question, “If money and availability weren’t a factor, what piece of art would you acquire simply for love?”


For your comment to be eligible you must either “like” me on Facebook or “follow me” on Twitter or  Instagram.

If you have a Twitter account, would you please re-tweet this post (not necessary to enter, just appreciated). Thanks!

I will pick one winner, at random (using and announce them on May 23, 2013.

Good luck but if you don’t win this time, you can always get the book directly from Phaidon Press or at Amazon

Collecting Art for Love Money and More

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About the Authors:

Ethan Wagner’s art interests go back more than two decades; he has collected art, published artists’ books, and been involved with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other art organizations. He now manages Art Advisory’s business and financial practices and external communications, canvasses the international art market on behalf of clients.

Thea Westreich Wagner worked for numerous years as a volunteer in the visual and performing arts. She founded Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services in 1982, and has advised private collectors throughout the United States and Europe. She has built a library of 13,000 volumes that underlies her firm’s dedication to research and analysis. She also publishes artists’ books.


Thank you to Phaidon Press for sponsoring this giveaway!


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  2. Kristie D. 05.24.2013

    I would like a Monet Water Lily painting. Like you on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  3. Tyneisha Fondren 05.22.2013

    I’d like to own Guernica by Picasso

  4. SusaHeflinn 05.22.2013

    Hope to win!

  5. Mandy B 05.22.2013

    I have a very “different” collection of art at my home. If I could choose any piece without any money concern I think I would choose the painting Spanish Dancer at the Moulin Rouge by Giovanni Boldini. It is just such a crazy different piece with a dark side. Would be a fun convo starter! :)

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  6. Nancy 05.21.2013

    I like you on FB.

    I’d collect original Tiffany glass items.

  7. Josie Hink 05.20.2013

    I would love to own an original Frederic Remington!!!

    I follow Facebook Josie Haney Hink

    • MuseumChick 05.21.2013

      Hi Josie, I like old American scenes too. Thanks for the social media love!

  8. Marti B. 05.19.2013

    If money wasn’t a factor? Hah . . . I’d just swing by and pick up Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa sculpture and install it in my, uh, well . . . if I HAD a place big enough for it, I’d have it.
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    • MuseumChick 05.21.2013

      Hi Marti, Yes you would need a big room for that sculpture but it’s so pretty with so much movement. Thanks for your comment!

  9. Randolph Roberts 05.18.2013

    The item I would chose for love would be a sculpture by Michelangelo of mother and child, its a round object and
    I don’t know its correct name. still I like it, can you make it mine?

  10. beth 05.17.2013

    It would have to be a Degas or Monet of some sort

  11. deanna 05.17.2013

    want: Convergence Framed Wall Art by Jackson Pollock
    follow on twitter (dlw447)

    • MuseumChick 05.17.2013

      Hi Deanna, YES! Me too

  12. Barb K 05.16.2013

    I Follow Museum Chick On Face Book Under LeeAnn Perry.

    • MuseumChick 05.17.2013

      Hi Barb, thanks for the social media love. Good luck

  13. Barb K 05.16.2013

    My love for this art work goes with out saying. I would like to buy the Mona Lisa. What a master piece.

  14. Julie B. 05.15.2013

    I think I would pick something festive and colorful like Chagall’s Circus Horse. Second choice would also be Starry Night, or maybe the Scream.

    twitter follower as jhitomi

    • MuseumChick 05.16.2013

      Hi Julie, I really like Chagall also. I especially love his huge one hanging in the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center but those wouldn’t fit in my living room :) Thanks for your comment!

  15. Sherry F 05.14.2013

    If money was no object, I would immediately buy one of Robin Luciano Beaty’s encaustic paintings.

    They are so beautiful.

    • MuseumChick 05.16.2013

      Hi Sherry, Thanks for your comment and introducing me to Beaty’s work. I just looked it up and think its really great. I really like work with encaustic paint. Good luck!

  16. Eva-Marie 05.14.2013

    I guess it is because I am missing the beach. Or maybe it is because I am over due a vacation, but I am craving sunny abstracts with splashes of pink and blue that remind me of cool water and beach blankets. Right now, I wish I could buy Sam Francis’ “In Lovely Blueness No. 2″ and hang it over my mantel!

    • MuseumChick 05.14.2013

      Hi Eva-Marie- I wasn’t familiar that Francis so I just googled it and I love it too. Thanks for you pick and introducing me to a great piece! Good luck

  17. Annmarie W. 05.14.2013

    I would have my favorite painting, George Seurat’s ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’, hanging in my living room!

    I follow you on instagram (amweeks00).

    • MuseumChick 05.14.2013

      Hi Annmarie- those would be quite impressive in your living room! Thanks for your comment and good luck!

      • Annmarie W. 05.14.2013

        It would be impressive. And of course it would have its very own wall. No one would come into my house without noticing it!

  18. Erin 05.14.2013

    I would love to have St. Moritz by Tamara de Lempicka because she is my favourite artist ever! I already follow you on facebook (erin d)

    • MuseumChick 05.14.2013

      Hi Erin- oooh good choice, she is one of my favorite artists too.

  19. Christine Womack 05.14.2013

    I follow you on Twitter.

  20. Christine Womack 05.14.2013

    I “like” you on Facebook.

  21. Christine Womack 05.14.2013

    If I could acquire a piece of art simply for love, it would be The Last Supper. So much has been read into this picture, that it would be hard to describe in words alone. A close second for me would be The Starry Night.

    • MuseumChick 05.14.2013

      Hi Christine- Thanks for all the social media love! and good luck!

  22. susan quackenbush 05.14.2013

    alaskan eskimo art

    • MuseumChick 05.14.2013

      Hi Susan- Wow that’s a really unique choice. Thanks for your comment and good luck!