Hubert's Freaks : The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus (Paperback)

Author: Gibson, Gregory

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From the moment Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, spies some intriguing photographs in the archive of a midcentury Times Square freak show, he knows he''s on to something. It turns out he''s made the find of a lifetime--never-before-seen prints by the legendary Diane Arbus. Furthermore, he begins to suspect that what he''s found may add a pivotal chapter to what is now known about Arbus as well as about the "old weird America," in Greil Marcus''s phrase, that Hubert''s inhabited.
Bob''s ensuing adventure--a roller-coaster ride filled with bizarre characters and coincidences--takes him from the fringes of the rare book business to Sotheby''s, and from the exhibits of a run-down Times Square freak show to the curator''s office of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will the photos be authenticated? How will Arbus''s notoriously protective daughter react? Most importantly, can Bob, who always manages to screw up his most promising deals, finally make just one big score?

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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156033084
SKU 209878306
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156033089
Release Date 4/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 1T
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Annotation After getting his hands on a trove of Diane Arbus photographs of freaks, eccentric collector Bob Langmuir goes out to prove their authenticity and value, but finds himself blocked at every turn by the snooty art market, and Arbus's own estate. His quest turns into a revealing examination of seedy 1950s Times Square, the obsessive lives of collectors, and the elitism of the art world.
Editors Note Traces the efforts of Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, to authenticate photographs he discovered in the Hubert's Museum archives that he believed to be long-lost prints by a legendary photographer, a finding that triggered his forays into the high-end art world, lawsuits, and grueling financial deals. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 Traces the efforts of Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, to authenticate photographs he discovered in the Hubert's Museum archives that he believed to be long-lost prints by a legendary photographer, a finding that triggered his forays into the high-end art world, lawsuits, and grueling financial deals. Reprint.
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