I received a copy of The Intrepid Art Collector in the mail a few weeks ago and have been enjoying it immensely. Anyone looking for a last-minute gift for an art-lover intimidated by the art market but interested in owning and cherishing works of art would do well to consider it.
I found one of the most interesting sections of the book to be Lisa Hunter's coverage of African art, which faces some issues in terms of ascertaining its value, quality, and relevance than traditional Western or Eastern styles and forms. The Art Law Blog has a great piece on this very issue. African art also seems to be an interesting field in that there are a lot of opportunities for someone who educates themselves on the market to establish a strong collection.
I also interviewed the author of The Intrepid Art Collector, Lisa Hunter, for this blog in the fall. You can read that interview here.