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Phillips de Pury

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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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Staff Shows

by Paddy Johnson on August 16, 2012
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When French philosopher Jacques Rancière studied primary source materials from industrial workers in 19th-century France, he found they had surprisingly busy intellectual lives. Despite days spent performing manual labor, many workers had an active desire to participate in politics, culture, and philosophy, writing poetry, newspaper articles, and journals in their free time. One hundred years later, can we still make the same observations about workers?

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AFC’s Cheat Sheet for Today’s Contemporary Sale at Phillips de Pury

by The AFC Staff on June 28, 2012
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Get ready for another art auction! Today Phillips de Pury will hold its Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London. We’re watching it online at 7 PM (2 PM for New Yorkers), and we’ve created a cheat sheet for the most talked about lots. Which records will be shattered? Which artworks will be remain unsold? And most important, will the auctioneer pronounce artists’ names correctly?

We made pros and cons for the works that were most interesting to us, so you can place your bets. Our predictions: cement trucks, dicks, and the letter U will all edge toward victory.

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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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