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Sotheby’s Private Sales Drop by Nearly Half

by Andrew Wagner on August 12, 2014
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In the latest sign of trouble at Sotheby’s, artnet News reported that the company’s second-quarter report displayed a significant drop in private sales. (As opposed to public auctions, in a private sale, Sotheby’s is consigned a work of art and then privately approaches individuals about buying the work.) For the first half of 2014, Sotheby’s made $294 million in private sales, as compared with $561 million over the same period in 2013. That’s a 48 percentage point drop.

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Emails Reveal Guggenheim Bullies Journalist Suspected of Ties With Gulf Labor

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on August 7, 2014
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We have now received leaked email correspondence between the Guggenheim and Crabapple while she was working on “Slaves of Happiness Island,” a firsthand report of slave-like worker conditions on Saadiyat Island.

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New Study Finds Grim Numbers on Hollywood’s Diversity

by Andrew Wagner on August 5, 2014
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If “Best Man Holiday” gave you the impression that mainstream culture is finally diversifying, hold your applause. A new study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism took a look at the number of underrepresented minorities in films, and its findings are grim.

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New Museum Curators to Fly Around the World

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on August 5, 2014
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The New Museum sure is doing well in the fundraising department.

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A Lost Cause? Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo for America”

by Corinna Kirsch on July 28, 2014
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In 1987: It was played every six minutes. In 2014: It will be played between 11:57 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

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Art Critics on the Move: ARTnews Gains More Gallerist Staff

by The AFC Staff on July 22, 2014
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Yes, it’s true.

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The Metropolitan Struggles to Keep Opera Alive

by Andrew Wagner on July 21, 2014
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Peter Gelb says keeping opera alive is a battle. Is the Metropolitan Opera winning it?

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The American Royalties Too Act: Are Artist Resale Royalties a Reality?

by Henry Kaye on July 17, 2014
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Artist royalties are, and have always been, notoriously under-legislated. This past Tuesday, however, we saw an important tipping point for legal change.

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