Meet Byran Cooke

The Author

Art Can Kill Book Author Bryan Cook

Author Bryan Cooke has been in the art services business for over 50 years. Recently awarded L.A.’s “100 Most Fascinating People” and “Best Art Services Business,” Bryan is an expert in art logistics, packing, and sculpture rigging. He has moved the entire collections of many museums, including the JP Getty Museum and the Huntington Art Museum. He has packed and shipped paintings that set world record auction prices and handled many priceless masterpieces—ranging from Rembrandts to Gainsborough’s iconic Blue Boy. Bryan served for 9 years on the International Convention of Fine Art Transporters Board. He also founded ARCS, the Association of Registrars & Collections Specialists, and was a co-founder of PACCIN, the Packing and Collections Care Information Network.

Bryan’s book is a fascinating behind-the-scenes eyewitness view of 50 years of art market growth—from quiet beginnings in the early 1970s to the present multi-billion-dollar explosion of Galleries, Museums, Art Fairs, and Auction Houses. Above all, his book is an exploration of art ethics and a love of the creative spirit.