Ask any gallery-goer with the telltale flush of a new acquisition: Art collecting isn’t a hobby, it’s a calling. But with great art comes great responsibility – and since insurance, framing, climate control, and proper lighting are major concerns when displaying world-class private collections, many art treasures remain locked safely away in vaults instead.
Like many notable collectors, New York-based Gregory J. Peterson had considered publishing a catalog to showcase the contemporary realist paintings and photographs he’d amassed since 1972 for posterity, and share them with a broader public. But as he says: “The traditional publishing route was simply not feasible from a financial, timeliness, or control standpoint.”
Today, decades of collecting have finally culminated in one standout hardcover catalog: The Peterson Collection of Contemporary Realist Art, featuring works by some 40 artists, including Robert Bauer, Loretta Lux, David Ligare, and Richard Misrach. “Blurb helped me to quickly and easily publish and share my collection with full control over the content, and retention of all profits from sales,” Peterson says in a press release about his new book.
Also included are the collector’s own notes about each work and his interactions with the artists, from college days with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders to treasure hunts through Latvia for postwar paintings. For even more vicarious art collecting, check out Peterson’s latest acquisitions and his Art Stalker blog for the inside scoop on secret sales and New York art parties.
Congratulations to Gregory and to the many artists whose talents are duly featured in this dashingly handsome book – Blurb is delighted to be of service.