Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 19, 2008
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, "Bader Field", 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 will be 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, it 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.
The reasons this book was written are manifold. David's mission was initially for fathers and sons to strengthen their bond. For those who had less than ideal relationships with their father to break the chain of negativity they wore and make better fathers themselves when their turn arrives.
The greater mission to draw back from the edge of desperation those souls contemplating taking their life, to show them there is always another solution, another answer, that there is help, light and love out there for them; that they are not alone. To let them know that when they take such a final step they don't just destroy their own life, but those as well of their family and friends who bear the scar forever. It is David's way of paying forward by turning the darkest days of his life into a quest to save lives.
David David Gallery/260 S. 18th Street/Philadelphia, PA 19103/215-735-2922