- The New York Times - Michael Hainey
GREAT DEMON KINGS A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment By John Giorno 351 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Long before Patti Smith came to New York City to seek the artist’s life, was
The British have been famous art collectors for centuries. The first systematic art collectors in the British Isles appeared in the 16th century with Henry VIII. By 1800, collecting and trading art had evolved into a profitable business. British monarchs and wealthy members of the elite saw the opportunity and grasped it. From then on, collectors, antiquaries, and art enthusiasts competed fiercely to acquire antiquities, European paintings, and more.