Hammered

Auctions are like stripteases, relying on the audience being enticed by what’s out of reach

Auctions have always and only been commercial. By now, they're so craven they make you see that art fairs might be ways that artists and gallerists can take back at least some of the control. When this moneyed phase ends, a lot of people are going to be making a lot of excuses or maintaining that they were never part of this. Whatever anyone says, auctions are nasty pieces of work.


Do I hear $100 billion?
photo: Robin Holland
Do I hear $100 billion?

jsaltz@villagevoice.com

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