Art of Gambling


The most provocative and prestigious visual documentation of the evolution of gambling ever assembled. This collection of artwork depicting gambling scenes dates back to 500 BC and features the works of some of history’s most acclaimed artists, including Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, and Neiman. The presentation is accompanied by expert analysis of the gambling action being portrayed.

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A?one-of-a-kind look at the history of gaming through the work of artists, both legendary and obscure, the Art of Gambling?features 120 portrayals created over centuries by celebrated masters, including Cézanne, Picasso, Munch, Leger, de la Tour, Remington, and Neiman. The images?were chosen from hundreds of representations to appear in this provocative visual documentation of the evolution of gambling.

Each image is accompanied by a facing page of text, providing readers with a thumbnail sketch of the artist, then zeroing in on the image itself. The renderings, as seen through the artist’s eye and preserved on canvas or in stone, serve as a form of “photographic” chronicling that weaves a history of gambling through the ages—for the benefit of art lovers and gambling enthusiasts alike.

Includes contributions by a blue-ribbon panel of gambling experts and a foreword by renowned chronicler of 20th-century American pursuits, LeRoy Neiman.

Click to read an excerpt from the Art of Gambling.

About The Author(s)

Arthur Flowers was a research audiologist who specialized in the study of the brain’s capacity for speech, learning, and language development. He turned his formidable talents as a researcher toward identifying and locating this vast body of artwork. Flowers is the author of the book Auditory Perception, Speech, Language and Learning. He was Associate Professor of Audiology at the State University of New York at Albany, and Clinical Consultant for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Anthony Curtis is one of the world’s most recognized gambling authorities. He has appeared as an expert on “Dateline,” “48 Hours,” A&E, E! Entertainment, Discovery, and The Learning Channel, and has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times Magazine, among other print media. Curtis is the author of Bargain City—Booking, Betting, and Beating the New Las Vegas, and is the publisher of the consumer newsletter, the Las Vegas Advisor.

Foreword by?LeRoy Neiman

Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, Neiman was probably the most popular living artist in the United States before his passing in June 2012.

His art is unique. It stands alone, without any real comparison. It is an art which has become controversial because Neiman has broken the barriers of many of the most hallowed assumptions of modern art history and contemporary criticism. It is an art that is loved by millions of people throughout America and around the world

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Anthony Curtis, Arthur Flowers


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