The WSJ explains how the big auction houses find first time buyers for very expensive art
. The fact that 25% of all auction sales went to 1st time buyers last year is incredible and why many seasoned vets avoid auctions (or at least say they do). The houses chum the waters with new blood, can't blame them really but it does explain why auctions are different than the galleries.
This letter to an artist includes some extremely practical advice
... in particular this nugget, "There were a hundred people at my show last night and I knew everyone one of them by name." Being the truth teller I was I replied "That's too bad" and she was stunned and angry at me. She asked me why, and I replied "You can't depend on people you know to support your work indefinitely."
Tracey Emin and the Tate will be shacking up for the next 10 years
... I want to dislike Emin's work but in fact I'm a huge fan (she's the diva of diaristic art). I hope it goes well...
Oregon City ups the ante... in terms of river redevelopment
. Will it put Portland to shame or simply wake us up?
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