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My “Nice” List

Recently, I’ve run across a couple of great holiday gifts for the art enthusiast in your life. The first is a profound film based on book that has been re-airing on WFYI over the last several weeks. The Rape of Europa, based on the book by Lynn H. Nicholas, documents the pillaging of art in Europe during WWII. The images are breathtaking and the individuals who were on the front lines of war with a mission to protect art, brave and inspiring. The recovery of this art continues today. If you work in the art world or love art or history, it’s a must-see or must-read.

The book Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thorton is another excellent find. “A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton’s entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture,” according to the book’s publisher. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s at the top of my wish-list. Read a review from The Washington Post.

Those are my two finds. I’m leaving the rest up to you. Your prime shopping date: Friday, December 5 – “First Friday” offers your best bet to buy art at the local galleries. Share your finds below…

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