The Woman Who Matches $10 Million Masterpieces To The People Who Can Pay For Them

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“Her profile rocketed after she helped her contemporary-art clients place bids or win half of Christie’s top 10 priciest works in May. Nearly 6 feet tall, she was easy to spot standing between colleagues in the saleroom’s phone banks, wielding three cellphones at a time and lobbing bids at a regular clip. By sale’s end, she helped her Chinese clients win as much as $236 million of art.”

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The Gallery In The Button Shop

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“Artists also seem attracted to the button-shop concept: That an industrial workshop could house art, and that an aspiring gallerist works side-by-side with her father. The artists who display their work with Ms. Li see the space as a rare opportunity, to show artwork in a heavily trafficked neighborhood and in a shop with a unique sense of New York City’s history.”

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When Richard Avedon Photographed The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

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“A thousand years from now when history textbooks will allocate to the Cold War a mere couple of paragraphs, the text should be illustrated by one Berlin Wall photograph. For by seizing this singular moment in history, Richard Avedon exposed in the faces of his subjects the stress and the pain behind the wall and the related historical events.”

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Detroit Institute Of Arts Saved As City’s Bankruptcy Plan Is Approved

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“With his decision on Friday approving this city’s federal bankruptcy plan, Judge Steven W. Rhodes – aided by nearly a billion dollars in private and state rescue money – ended an unprecedented threat to the Detroit Institute of Arts, whose world-class paintings and sculpture could have been parceled off at auction to help pay city debt.”

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Accept That Art Hoard And You’ll Be Sued Into Oblivion, World Jewish Congress Tells Swiss Museum

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When the reclusive Cornelius Gurlitt died in May, he left his 1,200-piece collection – much of which is suspected of having been looted by the Nazis and fenced by Gurlitt’s art-dealer father – to the Kunstmuseum Bern. Now WJC president Ronald Lauder has warned that if the museum accepts, “it will open a Pandora’s box and unleash an avalanche of lawsuits.”

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Is Banksy Really A Woman?

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We really don’t know, after all. We know very little about hir (or hem) at all. But we do know that Banksy is a master (mistress?) of misdirection. Kriston Capps makes the case that “she could be anyone.” (Take that, Guerilla Girls!)

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Is The National Gallery Of Canada Preparing To Lock Out Workers?

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That’s what the Public Service Alliance of Canada fears. “The museum’s management had previously scheduled two weeks of talks with the union for September, but canceled the negotiations the day they were due to begin … [and] then applied for conciliation, a provision that, per Canadian labor laws, would allow them to lock out the union workers beginning next month.”

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Paris Festival Censors Photo Of Mother-Daughter Embrace – After Complaints About An Entirely Different Image

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“The photograph in question, titled Mother and Daughter II (2014), is a composite of four images showing the artist, Diane Ducruet, cuddling with her daughter. Both of them are nude.” A gallery removed it from a current exhibition after receiving complaints that a photo in the show’s brochure – but not actually in the show – portrays incest.

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10 Artists Of Dada You Really Should Know

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“The youngest of the Duchamp siblings, Suzanne Duchamp lived in the famed Montparnasse Quarter of Paris so brother Marcel could help her establish her career (they were perhaps the closest of all the siblings).”

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Some Public Buildings In The UK Won The Lottery. How Have They Fared Since?

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“There was aching concern that lottery projects should be popular. The lottery was played by the people, and particularly poorer people, so its proceeds should go on things inclusive. Which at the same time had to be somehow cultural, improving or educational, to distinguish them from the theme parks, shopping centres and multiplexes that get built without public subsidy.”

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