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Your Guide to Armory Week

by Reid Singer on March 4, 2013
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Even though the hum around Armory week seems subdued this year, visiting half-a-dozen-plus art fairs can in a few days’ time can feel like a week on a Eurail pass. Naive outsiders are treated harshly, the food is unfamiliar and overpriced, and you spend a lot of time snooping around taking pictures. It’s useful to have an index that you can depend on to guide you towards the things that are worth seeing and away from the things that aren’t. A guidebook if you will. Here’s ours.

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Art Fairs: The View From The Top

by Whitney Kimball and Will Brand on December 10, 2012
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What a turd. Reporting from Art Basel Miami Beach, New York Times writer Patricia Cohen gets the exclusively super-rich take on class war. Unsuprisingly, they don’t get what the big deal is.

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Hands Up If You’re Tired of Auction News

by Paddy Johnson on November 20, 2012
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Rich people are spending their money.

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Links! How Not to Curate, Promote

by Will Brand on March 28, 2012

  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art scored a bit of a coup last year when curator Lisa Freiman was chosen to curate the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. How best to cash in? By straight-up cashing in, hiring Freiman out as an art consultant to a museum trustee. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re doing anything immoral; “immoral” would be if Freiman recommended a trustee buy up an artist immediately before they got a show at the museum. Except, yeah, that happened too. [BLOUINTyler BLOUINGreen]
  • Felix Salmon has a good piece at Reuters examining the secondary market (or lack thereof) for Damien Hirst. Salmon argues that Hirst has created a market largely based around himself as seller, limiting opportunities for resale and generally acting more like Prada than Richter. The finale: “Collectors are not getting rich off [Hirst's] work. But he is.” [Reuters]
  • Wandering around Wikipedia last night, we came across some wikipromotion for Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the artistic one amongst the Bahraini royal family. It’s a heroic biography. Read about his development of Individualism (it ends in -ism, it’s serious guys), his early interest in horses, and his time as the Undersecretary of Immigration. Listen, we’re not saying you can’t do a little self-promotion, but this is over the top. Besides which, you’re a Shaikh—there’s gotta be a better way. Remember when Phillips de Pury put on a show with Leyla Aliyeva, the daughter of Azerbaijan’s dictator? Get on board that train! [Wikipedia]
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