Helge Achenbach

The Art AgitatorOn Collecting and Hunting

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Helge Achenbach
The Art AgitatorOn Collecting and Hunting

Graphic design by Regina Rebele, by Helge Achenbach

English

2013. 240 pp., 198 ills.

softcover

19.30 x 26.80 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3677-0

The influential art consultant allows a look behind the scenes of the art market

Helge Achenbach (*1952) is one of the world’s most prominent art consultants. He could even be described as the inventor of this métier. This book recounts Achenbach’s experiences with famous artists over the forty years of his exciting professional life—between Siegen and Shanghai; Berlin, Tokyo, and Teheran; and between Düsseldorf and New York.

The trained social worker talks about his encounters with Gerhard Richter, Jörg Immendorff, Andy Warhol, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Koons, and Keith Haring. He recalls exceptional large-scale projects and describes his not-always-pleasant dealings with companies, colleagues, collectors, and banks.

Der Kunstanstifter is more than an account of the life of an ambitious professional. In this book, Helge Achenbach opens the door to reveal the inner workings of the art market. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3676-3)

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