Published by Phaidon, Artifacts: Fascinating Facts about Art, Artists, and the Art World offers surprising and new insights into the world of art. The book is full of fascinating statistics, insights and information about the art world. The book reveals which artist's work is stolen most often (Picasso), what artists' pets are called (Louise Nevelson's cats are named Fat Fat and Cous-Cous) or what they collect (Hiroshi Sugimoto has a collection of glass eyes). This educational but entertaining book will provide new information for even the most experienced art enthusiasts!
This extraordinary compendium of compelling facts, figures, and findings gathers and distils obscure and fascinating information about art, artists, and the art world. Fun, surprising, and compelling, in this covetable book you will learn:
- which artist's work is stolen most often (Picasso)
- names of artists' pets: Fat Fat & Cous-Cous (Louise Nevelson's cats), Giotto and Goya (John Baldessari's dogs)
- artist couples (Nancy Rubins and Chris Burden; Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely; Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst)
- things artists collect: prosthetic arms and legs (Sophie Calle), glass eyes (Hiroshi Sugimoto)
- odd jobs and side hustles: telephone marketer (Tomma Abts), crop duster (James Turrell)
- artists who were rejected from art school (Francisco Goya, Auguste Rodin)