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Salvage Art Market Comes out of the Shadows

salvage artLaura Gilbert, writing in The Art Newspaper, has a fascinating account of the gray market in salvaged art, a suddenly important and visible secor of the at market dealing in the reselling and repair of art claimed as damaged or destroyed in the wake of hurricane Sandy’s rampage through New York. Last December, Columbia University’s Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery hosted “No Longer Art”, an exhibition of featured art deemed a total loss, but saved unobtrusively by insurance companies for possible resale. The show was  organized by Mark Wasiuta and artist Elka Krajewska, who founded the Salvage Art Institute (SAI) in 2010 to examine the afterlives of these artworks.

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