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If you think Steve Martin is hilarious, which we unabashedly do, prepare to see a side of him you might not recognize but will be a welcome surprise. Turns out, our favorite "jerk" is also versed in the mysterious and strange ways of the art world. If you haven't heard of it, or seen it on bookshelves everywhere, Martin's An Object of Beauty, is a must read for any art lover, and/or anyone who has spent time in New York City. Chronicling the life and loves of a young woman named Lacey Yeager who is destined for great things, it is a story of the art world in the late 90's and early 2000's. Infused with humor, emotion and an educational aspect, you will not want it to end.
But, when you do finally leave Miss Yeager behind, as we soon will be forced to do, a suggestion: Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim, with a forward by Gore Vidal. As an art "addict," collector, and very colorful personality, Peggy tells of her life in the center of the bohemian art world in the 20th century. Not to mention she was (briefly) married to the artist Max Ernst, and was the niece of Solomon Guggenheim. We haven't turned a page yet, but Confessions is sure to be another very exciting ride through modern art.