Hodes, a lawyer, has written a no-nonsense guide through the legal thicket that surrounds the buying and selling of art. For the artist, there's valuable detail on contracts with patrons; for example, a discussion of how the precise formulation of the ""satisfaction"" clause in an agreement will determine the outcome when the commissioning buyer is displeased with the end product. There's also an accessible explanation of the arcana of copyright law and of the issues of libel, breach of privacy, unfair competition, etc. For the collector, there's advice on distinguishing authentic pieces from fakes, the mechanics of auctions, getting works of art through customs, insurance and the inevitable taxes. A final chapter deals with museum problems. Hodes is scrupulous about pointing out areas where assistance of counsel is essential. This handbook should prove instructive to laymen interested in learning about this specialized area of law. To be read for information not diversion.