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As the Art World Turns … #NotReally

by Hrag Vartanian on December 14, 2012

There’s so much strange news this week in the art world, so we decided to give you a link list of news bites #WithCommentary:

 The man who vandalized the Rothko at the Tate Modern in London has been sentenced to two years in prison. #HaveFunInPrison

 Damien Hirst is leaving Gagosian, and the gallery says, “We wish him continued success for the future,” which makes this all sound like a bad breakup. All this amidst the news that Jeff Koons is cheating on Gagosian with David Zwirner. #MaybeGagosianIsLookingForSomeoneYounger

 One of only four surviving copies of the Heinz Schulz-Neudamm-designed poster for the classic Fritz Lang film Metropolis fetched $1.2m at auction this week in LA. #ThatIsALotOfMoney

 ”Greenberg Van Doren, a 13-year-old space at 730 Fifth Avenue specializing in postwar and contemporary art, is shutting its doors next Friday [in Manhattan].” #Sad

 The Obama administration’s $60-billion emergency aid package for victims of superstorm Sandy has this peculiar line item, “$2 million to repair roof damage at Smithsonian buildings in Washington that pre-dates the storm.” #AwkwardButNormalForDC

 And there’s a rush of art publications buying art fairs … Louise Blouin of BlouinArtInfo (yes, that’s the real name) is reputedly buying the embattled Armory in New York (and paying cash!), while Italy’s Flash Art is planning to start its own art fair. #ThereGoesArtMagazineObjectivity

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