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My favorite art critic, Jerry Saltz, prods the still-warm corpse of the artworld in New York Magazine. After likening the recent Frieze art fair to a scene from Titanic and laying "a pox on the auction houses" he sees a silver lining:  "recessions are hard on people, but they are not hard on art" and echoes New Museum curator Laura Hoptman’s wish, which I’ll re-echo here: “Art will flower and triumph not as a hobby, an investment, or a career, but as what it is and was—a life.”

also by Bill Davenport
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  1. Ivan L

    Choice quote:

    Recessions are hard on people, but they are not hard on art. The forties, seventies, and the nineties, when money was scarce, were great periods, when the art world retracted but it was also reborn. New generations took the stage; new communities spawned energy; things opened up; deadwood washed away. With luck, New Museum curator Laura Hoptman’s wish will come true: “Art will flower and triumph not as a hobby, an investment, or a career, but as what it is and was—a life.”

    Keep yr chin up everyone.

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