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"Money changes everything"

The founder of what many consider to be one of the leading experimental galleries in Manhattan, Sawon describes the current situation as "completely puppeteered from the top" and says it has "tremendous consequences for everyone else." As for the effects of all the investment-grade cash permeating the art world, she is disarmingly direct about what many in the industry are too timid—or conflicted—to say: "It kills radicality for artists, dealers, and everyone else. I think the word collecting doesn't even apply to that kind of activity. It's about buying to sell, really, it's gambling, and has nothing to do with any of the issues that are central to the creation and appreciation of art in our time.".......
.....Take the October auction of Gerhard Richter's Abstract Painting (809–4). A work widely thought to be—like most of the German painter's abstractions—inferior to his far more influential photo-based paintings, it fetched $34.2 million, suddenly making Richter the world's most expensive living artist. Richter himself has called such prices "just as absurd as the banking crisis," "impossible to understand," and "daft." But this process produces more than absurdity; it's damaging to art's own historical priorities. When the mediocre is elevated by speculative greed, the real genius of an artist like Richter is diluted......
 ......"In the current system," Powhida explains, "the rich are really the ones who establish financial and artistic value—instead of artists, curators, and critics.....
....."Everything has changed, and the art market is a big part of that. Back in my day, people used to fight for their views. Now people look for the auction prices, and the prices are their argument." said Irving Sandler, an 87-year-old critic...

Take a little time to read entire this article by Christian Viveros-Faune, I think you can find many true aspects of contemporary art!
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Aflat la a 2-a editie, Targul de Arta Contemporana Art Safari din Bucuresti este organizat anul acesta la Cladirea Ciclop, in perioada 13-17 mai.
Va invit sa vizitati standul galeriei Artfooly deschis la etajul 3, unde voi expune o parte dintre cele mai recente tablouri ale mele, alaturi de lucrari ale sculptorului Dan Istrate.









Programul de vizitare Art Safari:

Miercuri, 13 mai, orele 12.00 – 21.00

Joi, 14 mai, orele 12.00 – 21.00

Vineri, 15 mai, orele 12.00 – 21.00

Sâmbătă, 16 mai, orele 12.00 – 04.00 (Noaptea muzeelor)

Duminică, 17 mai, orele 12.00 – 21.00

Mai multe detalii despre eveniment sunt disponibile pe www.artsafari.ro.

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Sorin Campan: Pata Street, 2002, oil on cardboard, 31,5 x 36,5 cm


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