Sir Arthur Gilbert. Collecting is a Message
A Sparkling Life from London to Beverly Hills
The larger pieces, the uncommon […] have drawn me to many parts of the world in their pursuit
A unique biography of a multifaceted figure of collector, Sir Arthur Gilbert - English of Jewish-Polish origin, who then lived in America since 1943 -, this work combines the tale of an extraordinary human story with the careful examination of his very rich art collection.
This careful analysis is enriched by the lively story of the encounters with the most important collectors and public figures of the time, giving the reader the portrait of an extroverted, brilliant and in a certain sense nonconformist personality of a man who then wanted to donate his collection - his "splendid obsession" - to a museum for everyone to enjoy.
Written by Anna Maria Massinelli - professor of History of Modern Art at the Brera Academy, an expert in decorative arts and sculpture, former curator for the LACMA of the mosaic collection and close to Sir Gilbert -, the volume, entirely in English language and enhanced by as many as 300 large-format illustrations, relating both to biographical elements and works, becomes a truly enjoyable reading for collectors, art historians but also for lovers of biographical stories.
- Edition (cm):
- 300 coloured