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Art Appreciation: When collectors cash in on museum reputations

The Smithsonian’s recent Cosby quagmire stands as the latest, most public, instance of an unfortunate trend and its consequences: art collectors are leveraging public educational institutions and spaces to build … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cosby Power: the Smithsonian NMAfA feels it

Here’s the bottom line and then let’s be done with it: Dr. Camille O. Cosby sits on the board of advisors at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA). … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Phillips Day Sale: Disaster or Purge? Tomayto Tomahto?

Recently this reporter’s inbox became a sort of debate forum with art world talking heads giving The Art Machine their two cents about what appears to be a “short career” … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nam June Paik? Past tense. OVer IT!

…saw Nam June Paik at Asia Society the last day of the show… (yawns, stretches) I have to say, I still don’t get it. In fact, I get it less … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Snapshots: TAM’s morning reactions

What does The Art Machine make of Stefan Simchowitz? In his Reactor piece for Hyperallergic, Marion Maneker piles some hate on the art market’s latest boogie man, Stefan Simchowitz: “If … Continue reading

January 6, 2015

Jerry Nadler’s champions ART (American Royalties Too)

“I firmly believe that the time has come for us to establish a resale royalty right here in the United States. By adopting a resale royalty, the United States would join the rest of the world in recognizing this important right”

November 13, 2014

How To Talk About Paul McCarthy

What, I ask you, should one expect if one asks artist Paul McCarthy to create a Christmas tree for the place of honor at a renowned, must-attend art fair? Well, … Continue reading

November 6, 2014

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