Book Presentation. Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip Hook


From 26 March 2018




Garage Education Center
Book Presentation. Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip HookBook Presentation. Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip Hook


Sotheby’s board member and senior expert in impressionism Philip Hook will introduce his new book, in which he analyzes the events, scandals, victories, and failures that have taken place in the art world over the last five centuries. 

Revisiting the history of art, Rogues' Gallery offers insight into the secret life of some of the best known paintings and sculptures. One of the main mysteries—as exciting as a detective story—has to do with the work’s journey from the artist’s studio to the museum or a gallery, where we usually find it. Uncovered along the way are the names of people who were the first to set a price for famous masterpieces and who have brought acclaim to the now established artists by paying large sums for their works. 

Looking at the work of art dealers, which often requires boldness and cunning, Philip Hook describes the rise and fall of people who created empires by selling art to kings, merchants, aristocracy, entrepreneurs, and museums. 

The book will be presented by Philip Hook in conversation with Garage’s Director Anton Belov. The conversation will be followed by a book signing. 

The book is available online on the Garage bookshop website. You can pick up your prepaid book before 19:30 on the day of the event (March 26) at the Education center.

The Russian translation of Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers was published by Azbuka in 2018. 

Garage Members get a 10% discount on all purchases at Garage Bookshop. 



Philip Hook is a Board Member, Senior Director, Impressionist & Modern Art, Sotheby’s London, has forty years’ experience and expertise in the art market. He originally joined Christie’s in 1973 with a degree in History of Art from Cambridge University and headed Christie’s 19th Century Paintings Department from 1980 to 1987. In 1994, he joined the Impressionist & Modern Art Department at Sotheby’s where he has played a critical role in the sale of every major collection sold since this date. He has appeared regularly on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow as a picture expert.


Anton Belov is Director at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.  He studied Physics and Chemistry at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (NITU "MISA") and founded the non-profit project Gallery White that worked with young artists, and the website ARTGUIDE, which covers contemporary art events. He was a member of the Public Council of the Russian Ministry of Culture from 2012 to 2013.



Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian. 
The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.