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Class Tension Palpable at Sotheby’s Auction Protest

by Whitney Kimball on November 10, 2011
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Sotheby's held its best auction in three years last night, while just outside its heavily-guarded headquarters at 1334 York Avenue over a hundred students, union workers, and Occupy Wall Street protesters picketed the auction house’s lockout of 42 union art handlers. Chanting such teamster slogans such as “What's disgusting? Union busting!” and blowing whistles in front of a pair of inflatable mascots – one a rat, the other a fat cat squeezing a worker in its fist – the protests had seemingly little effect on the auction, which cleared an estimated $315.8 million and exceeded the high estimate of $270.8 million. The art handlers have been locked out by the auction company over a contract dispute that began July 29.

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The Romantic Language of Art Fair Press Releases: Addendum

by Paddy Johnson on October 19, 2011
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Yesterday GalleristNY posted a selection art fair wrap up press releases published between 2010 and 2011. They glow with enthusiasm about the market. So what did they look like in 2008, immediately after the stock market crashed? Here’s a look.

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Call for Artists: Wall Street Occupennial!

by Whitney Kimball on October 5, 2011
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Art is mobilizing! The Wall Street Occupennial is gathering proposals, volunteers, and donations in order to hold a series of art events related to Occupy Wall Street. They are currently archiving all occupation-related art projects on the Occupennial’s tumblr page, and apparently an upcoming exhibition will take place outside across from the New York Stock Exchange.

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Locked Out of Sotheby’s: Auction House Puts Multi-Million Dollar Artworks at Risk

by Whitney Kimball on August 3, 2011
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It’s not a strike, it’s a lock-out. Sotheby’s barred its team of art handlers from entering the building last Friday, bringing ongoing negotiations to a halt. Collectors have need for concern; the company has supposedly replaced its experienced team with low-paid, temporary workers with little or no art handling backgrounds.

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Breaking! Brandeis University Reaches a Settlement With The Rose Museum

by Paddy Johnson on June 30, 2011
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After threatening to close The Rose Museum in 2009 and sell its collection, Brandeis University will settle a lawsuit brought against them by Rose supporters Meryl Rose, Jonathan Lee, Lois Foster and Gerald Fineberg. The suit sought to protect the collection, which Brandeis announced they intended to sell as a means of offsetting severe financial straights. Brandeis announcement prompted a great outcry from the public and student population a like.

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Ai Weiwei Released on Bail

by Paddy Johnson on June 22, 2011
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This just in via Hyperallergic: Ai Weiwei has been released on bail. According to xinhuanet.com Ai’s “good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from,” was offered as rationale for the decision. Ai will also pay the taxes the government claims he owes.

There aren’t too many institutions here who have changed their programming as a result of the Chinese government’s actions, but Anish Kapoor did reject an offer to show his work from the National Museum of China in Beijing in protest. Perhaps that will change now that Ai Weiwei has been released?

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AFC’s Art Sneaker Contest: The Results!

by Liza Eliano on August 19, 2010
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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: AFC announces the winner of our art sneaker contest, plus the first and second runner-ups!

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Someone Get That Horse a Drink!

by Liza Eliano on June 24, 2010
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AFC’s third exciting spotting of the horse lamp! It’s an IRL meme!

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BREAKING! 18th Most Powerless Person in the Art World Spotted at LES Gallery Non-ironically Wearing Khakis!

by Art Fag City on November 6, 2009

POST BY PADDY JOHNSON Blogger Tom Moody takes a picture of the gallery/artist Reena Spaulings‘ buzzer, in the hopes of unlocking what some have named “the final mystery of the art world.” The final mystery of course being, why they are so famous. Always on the prowl for the art worlders who made Hyperallergic’s list of […]

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