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What the 60 Minutes Segment on the Art Market Really Said

by Hrag Vartanian on April 3, 2012

We’ve refrained from reflecting on the 60 Minutes segment by Morley Safer about the art world market. But since others like Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith have waded into the commentary cesspool we decided to give you a complete analysis of what was said on Sunday’s program. Read carefully.

Blah blah blah money blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah art blah blah blah dealers blah blah blah money blah blah blah auctions blah blah blah blah blah blah Gagosian blah blah blah art blah blah blah money blah blah blah expensive blah auction blah blah blah I can’t believe it blah blah ratings blah blah blah money blah blah money blah blah blah blah blah money blah blah blah Is that art? blah blah money blah blah blah money blah blah blah blah blah blah blah art fair blah blah blah blah blah blah Deitch money blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Broad money blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah money blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Rubell money blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Honestly, did any of us expect more from 60 Minutes?

p.s. Roberta, lighten up, it’s just one opinion on TV. Though I like this dig:

“These days the art world blogosphere produces so much of its own smug, semi-informed, provincial snark that it is hard for Mr. Safer’s to stand out.”

Catty. You’d do well online, Ms. Smith.

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  • http://twitter.com/iberob Robert Cicetti

    At least she didn’t call us plebes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanhandel Jon Handel

    Peter Blum on the art market: “It’s not a normal retail business. It’s an unregulated, utterly bizarre place to conduct business”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanhandel Jon Handel

    “Art speak. The descriptive language of contemporary art can seem as opaque as spilled alphabet soup” – Morley Safer. 60 Minutes

  • feodorj

    I’m not so sure Art Speak is any more opaque than thick-necked ex-jocks rambling on about football statistics on TV.

  • http://twitter.com/JeffreyMCollins Jeffrey Collins

    That was TIMOTHY BLUM that said that Jon, Not Peter Blum. Peter was most likely hanging out around those Helmut Federle paintings.

    I’m kinda ticked at Morley, he spent all that time talking about what he didn’t like instead of what he did like. He could have at least showed that while there is a market for kitsch, there is still a market for the very serious painters and sculptors too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Motus-Fort/100000237193938 Motus Fort

    i dont trust the proponents of subjectivity. Its an excuse for the weak, and for unscrupulous dealers to cover mistakes.

  • punktoad

    I don’t know. Underneath it all, I think old Morley is on to something, blah blah blah. And old Robert Hughes would probably agree. The market has taken a lot out of the art world since the 80s without giving much back. In fact, much of the purpose of art critics like Ms. Smith has been taken over by the market and dealers. I wouldn’t be surprised to find the art school critique being replaced by bidding? 

    Ms. Smith did bring out the heart of the current art world in her second to last paragraph. Look underground Morley, not at the art fairs. http://youtu.be/JZ-eSTuf7Ko

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