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In this little gem of a book Patrick Parrish of the eponymous Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York offers advice, stories, gossip and pointers on how to go about acquiring top quality art and design from flea markets to the top auction houses in the world. With over 25 years of hard-won experience in the trenches as a picker, a collector, and dealer he tells you what to do, what not to do, and how to negotiate the often-confusing labyrinths that the international galleries, auction houses, and even flea markets can put forth. Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the top dealers in the world for cutting-edge contemporary design", Parrish holds nothing back, providing a unique outlook into what is sometimes, for good reason, a secretive and cliquish world. Often what you don't do or say is more important than what you do do or say, and Parrish gives insider perspective on what dealers and auction house experts want to see and hear from their prospective clients.
Patrick Parrish is known as the eye behind the popular blog and Instagram feed, MONDOBLOGO. He has contributed to Apartamento, Bad Day and 01 magazines with his photography and interviews of Murray Moss, Martino Gamper, RO/LU and Project No. 8. He was chosen by Volume Gallery as one of their "Observers: the intellectuals and tastemakers of design culture" for the book Temperature 2012 published for "The Home Front: American Design Now" a public programming series at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. He was also listed by the website L'ArcoBaleno as a "mover and shaker" in the New York design scene. In 2013, Patrick produced a coffee table book on one of his favorite designers, Carl Auböck. In 2016 The New York Times profiled him as one of the five most important dealers of contemporary design in the world. Pieces from Patrick's extensive collection have sold to the Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York. Patrick received his BFA in photography from Florida State University and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is curator, collector, sometimes painter and always on the hunt for what's new. Patrick Parrish Gallery exhibits the unusual, new, and sometimes overlooked modernist designers and artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The gallery plays an active role in both the vintage and contemporary design scenes and participates in several design fairs per year, such as Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel, The Salon and FOG, in each case offering a carefully articulated vision of contemporary or modernist design. The gallery has a program of 8-10 curated solo shows per year in its exhibition space, and is well known for offering rising artists and designers their very first New York solo show. The remaining gallery space holds a deep, incisively curated selection of works by American, Italian, French, and other European designers, artists and craftspeople.