Krieg Barrie

Everything is a joke

Art | A failed attempt at dialogue with a modern art collector
by John R. Erickson
Posted 9/30/16, 01:00 am

He was an eccentric millionaire and well-known in the art world a generation ago. He didn’t paint or sculpt or write books. He bought and collected modern art and commissioned large outdoor “art” projects that many citizens considered ugly and offensive.

I’ll call him Mr. Cash. He had inflamed so many people, with such glee, that big media loved him. Every eruption produced an interview and a juicy story about brave artists struggling against the lowbrow taste of bourgeois America.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mark Lennihan

New York fashion photographer Bill Cunningham dies

Obituary | Manhattan icon and weekly churchgoer spotted trends before anyone else
by Susan Olasky
Posted 6/27/16, 08:59 am

Bill Cunningham, fashion photographer and recorder of New York’s changing fashion scene, died Saturday at age 87. He worked consistently until he suffered a stroke a week ago.

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You paid how much?

Art | A handful of billionaires are driving up New York’s art market to unseen heights, but what does that mean for art?
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/25/15, 01:00 am

NEW YORK—Drivers standing beside black cars on Nov. 12 waited on the sidewalk outside Christie’s, the pre-eminent auction house situated in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza. Inside, Christie’s was about to start one of its major art auctions of the year. Coiffed staffers directed women in fur coats and silk to the auction room. Some VIP clients sat in the screened skyboxes above the bidding floor, and others bid through the bank of phones. Multimillion-dollar paintings from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cézanne hung on the walls. 

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