IS ON AUTHOR CARL DAVID
is the third generation of a four-generation family art business in Philadelphia. He is the author of
Collecting & Care of Fine Art
published by Crown in 1981. His article about Martha Walter, an American Impressionist painter (1875-1976), was published in the American Art Review in May 1978. Mr. David's new book,
, embodies the emotional story of a son's loving relationship with his father—a legendary art dealer whose life is suddenly taken by a massive coronary at the young age of fifty-eight years. His death plunges the twenty-four-year-old man onto the front lines of the family art business, which he had entered a mere three years prior. Battling with his own grief while trying to help his adoring but fragile mother survive, David forges forward with all of the elemental tools his father imparted to him. His journey proves a difficult one, not having yet recovered from the horrific loss of his brother to suicide just eight years earlier when he was found dead on the fourth floor of the Rittenhouse Square townhouse, which was home to the prestigious David David Gallery. His self-imposed obligation is to successfully take the family art business to the next generation and to give his own children every bit of love, kindness, and wisdom bestowed upon him by the unique man whom they will never know other than the mark he left on everyone who knew him. Bader Field adds significant insight into the mysterious workings and dealings of the art world. David speaks from experience of having been immersed in it all of his life and having lived it from the inside out. There is a tremendous crossover interest in this book as it combines the elements of an American family, its goodness and its tragedy interfaced with the multifaceted aspects of the art business and flying small airplanes. Bader Field in Atlantic City was the oldest airfield in the country. With little sophistication, its two asphalt runways juggled single and twin engine aircraft exuded a character and charm that created memories to last a lifetime. That is where this saga begins and where it ends as life comes full circle.
A Word from Carl
My first foray into writing was in college in the school newspaper when I had a grudge about the disgusting food quality. The article was pretty funny but scathing so they wouldn't let me sign it.
My next work was an article in the American Art Review in May 1978, about Martha Walter, an American impressionist artist, whose estate we represented.
In 1981 I authored,
Collecting & Care of Fine Art
published by Crown in New York. It revealed the truths about the art market and separated them from the hype which was so widespread. It was a factual expose for which I received significant flack from many colleagues, but someone had to tell the truth and protect the collectors.
My latest book,
has just been released by Nightengale Press. It is a heart tugging memoir about my father, Samuel David, the legendary art dealer whose life was taken way too early, and how my brother and I had to step into the front lines of the third generation family business to live out his dream, all the while trying to survive emotionally after the devastating loss of our brother only eight years earlier.
The book is a journey of love, forgiveness, and acceptance which begins at Bader Field (in Atlantic City), the oldest airfield in the country, and the last place I saw my father.
It is my hope that
will help those who have had less than ideal fathers growing up to break the chain of negative influence and become much better fathers themselves when it is their turn to assume the role.
An even greater aspiration for me is that this book reaches deep into the mind of anyone who is contemplating taking their life, and show them they are not alone, and that there is always another answer or another way, no matter what. That those so desperate need to know that they don't just destroy themselves, but everyone around them as well—their family, friends and acquaintances. I pray that my perilous journey through those darkest days will bring light and hope to anyone on that final path and draw them back.
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