Art World, the whole work, more than a how-to textbook, is really a passionate defense of the place of art in life—every page rings with Guggenheim’s devotion to what is undoubtedly a calling, if a particularly lucrative one for her. A charming passport to the unregulated art world.Kirkus Review
“While most who choose to read this volume will have visited a museum, few will have gained entry into the inner sanctums of art appreciation. Guggenheim has lived her life in those occluded quarters—she has a doctorate in art history from Columbia and has worked at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and the Whitney Museum of American Art—and so is ideally positioned to furnish a ‘backstage pass into the art world.’ Her first book, examining ‘one of the last unregulated fields,’ is eclectically structured: it is one part instructional guide and one part work of history, all written in an almost confessional tone, exposing closely guarded secrets.
ART WORLD covers a broad spectrum of subjects, including buying art at an auction, appraising a work as an investment, framing a piece owned, and deciding what to do with the treasure if the collector falls out of love with it or divorces. Sprinkled throughout the volume are historical vignettes—always insightful and expressed in breezy, unpretentious prose. The world of art turns out to be as bewilderingly complex as it is delightful: ‘Making your way through the art world is like picking wild mushrooms: it’s not always easy to differentiate what’s okay from what’s deadly.’
Guggenheim is at the height of her powers explaining the basics of a prudent purchase; she adeptly explains the process that involves the messy intersection of art, commerce, and the navigation of a cliquey and closed universe. And while Guggenheim’s notion of what a budget comprises is likely miles apart from the average reader’s, she still delivers useful advice for the less affluent on how to think about art buying. The whole work, more than a how-to textbook, is really a passionate defense of the place of art in life—every page rings with Guggenheim’s devotion to what is undoubtedly a calling, if a particularly lucrative one for her.”
- Kirkus Review
Feared and hated by the crowned heads of Europe, the brilliant Corsican, who rose from daring young general to Emperor of the French, found himself desperately in love with a beautiful and promiscuous Creole woman. Cynical at first, she came to adore him, as he adored her.
Set against a sweeping background of intrigue, terror and war,
this is the story of loyalty, betrayal, and tempestuous love.
Bert Fields has done it again. His new book Shylock: His Own Story is one of the best portraits of that immortal character you'll ever read.Mel Brooks
In The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare gives us only a brief and limited view of Shylock, an enigmatic character who varies with each actor's interpretation.
Now, Bertram Fields gives us Shylock's full story, his dangerous background, his life, loves and challenges as an educated Jew in 16th Century Venice, the motivation for demanding his seemingly bizarre bond, as well as what occurred after his fateful confrontation with Portia and the Doge.
Allison Silver's Lulu In Babylon is a lovingly observed tale of outrageous misbehavior and romantic intrigue, set in the irresistible realms of old and new Hollywood. Ms. Silver knows her way around a yacht, a Brentwood estate and a studio screening room, and she gets the details just right, in a voice that's equally rueful, comic, and completely swoonworthy.Paul Rudnick
For the first time since her parents' divorce 10 years ago, Lulu Flintridge, 15, is spending the entire summer in Hollywood with her father, the Oscar-winning director Milo Flintridge. But she has no idea how over her head she is amid his cutthroat and striving circle of friends and associates – stars, studio heads, hangers-on and even his new wife, the beautiful Italian starlet Francesca Frateli.
Milo, past 50 and eager to draw his estranged daughter into his world, gives her the diary of her late grandfather, the ruthless movie mogul, A.J. Flintridge -- nee Abe Fleishman. But even this can’t prepare her for Ben Robbins, the manipulative ex-studio president frantically setting up a new go picture, whose path fatefully crosses Lulu’s on a yacht off Corsica. Or Jazzy Hirshberg, a studio head’s daughter, age 17 going on 30. And certainly not for Connor Ericson, the young English actor whose career is skyrocketing that summer.
Lulu is smart and savvy, educated in the mores of her mother's East Coast Establishment family, the Sturgeses of Boston. But Hollywood is another planet. Amid its shimmering glamor, Lulu learns that coming of age in the paradise of Hollywood can be a brutal affair.
It was the strangest book that he had ever read. Things that he had dimly dreamed of were suddenly made real to him. Things of which he had never dreamed were gradually revealed.Oscar Wilde Describing À Rebours in The Picture Of Dorian Gray
“It was the strangest book that he had ever read.
Things that he had dimly dreamed of were suddenly made real to him.
Things of which he had never dreamed were gradually revealed.”
- Oscar Wilde describing À Rebours in The Picture Of Dorian Gray.
This Marmont Lane Classics Edition dedicated to Sean MacPherson with love.
Marmont Lane was launched in 2015 as a premium publisher of high-quality books by a select list of fine authors.
We proudly stand behind each book we make, and we thank you, very much, for reading them.
The publisher is Bobby Woods, an entrepreneur who was previously Madonna's Boy Toy Executive Producer, and the president of Martha Stewart Television.
Bertram Fields was born in Los Angeles. A practicing lawyer, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he began the general practice of law. Since then, he has tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment, sports and communications industries and has been the subject of numerous personal profiles in magazines and newspapers. He teaches at Stanford Law School and lectures annually at Harvard. Mr. Fields is the author, under a pseudonym, of two prior novels, The Sunset Bomber published by Simon and Schuster and The Lawyer’s Tale published by Random House. Under his own name, he has written Royal Blood, a biographical work on Richard III and Players, an analysis of the Shakespeare authorship question. Both non-fiction books were published by HarperCollins. His latest book, Shylock: His Own Words is also available from Marmont Lane Books. He lives in Malibu, California with his wife, Barbara Guggenheim, a nationally known art consultant.
Barbara Guggenheim is the founder of one of America’s best-known art advisory firms, Guggenheim, Asher Associates, Inc. She holds a doctorate in Art History from Columbia University, has taught on the college level, worked at Sotheby’s, headed two departments at Christie’s, and lectured for years at the Whitney Museum. Ms. Guggenheim has written commentaries on the art world for many journals, including The New York Observer and the Robb Report. She lectures widely on collecting art and the art market and has been the subject of numerous magazine articles, including profiles in Vanity Fair and Forbes. Guggenheim lives in Malibu, California.
Allison Silver is the executive editor of Reuters Opinion. She has served as the Opinion editor at Politico, the editor of The Los Angeles Times Sunday “Opinion” section, an editor at The New York Times “Week in Review” and founding editor of The Washington Independent. She was also Politics Producer for “Charlie Rose.” She is the co-author of “20th Century Travel” (Taschen). She lives in New York City.
Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans (February 5, 1848 in Paris – May 12, 1907 in Paris) was a French novelist who published his works as J.K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans. He is most famous for this novel À Rebours (1884, published in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature). He supported himself by a 30-year career in the French civil service. Huysmans’ work is considered remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, large vocabulary, descriptions, satirical wit and far-ranging erudition. First considered part of Naturalism, he became associated with the decadent movement with his publication of À Rebours. His work expressed his deep pessimism, which had led him to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. In later years, his novels reflected his study of Catholicism, religious conversion, and becoming an oblate. He discussed the iconography of Christian architecture at length in La cathédrale (1898), set at Chartres and with its cathedral as the focus of the book. La cathédrale was his most commercially successful work. Its profits enabled Huysmans to retire from his civil service job and live on his royalties.
Thank you for contacting Marmont lane. We look forward to hearing from you.