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The art world is always looking for new ways to engage consumers. Today, the legacy auction house Christie’s announced the launch of a new platform that allows real-time viewing of money being laundered.
“Like art, criminal money laundering can be abstract at times,” said a representative from Christie’s. “This new streaming service really lets the viewer get involved!”
As we all know from the documentary series Breaking Bad, ill-gotten gains amount to only so much stackable paper if you can’t move them through legitimate systems of commerce. In the past, this meant creating nesting-doll structures of false businesses, shady accountants, and clandestine money-mule operations involving suitcases, fat suits, and private jets.
“It’s wild what technology has allowed us to do,” commented one non-taxpaying billionaire, who used voice-distorting software during a phone interview with Hyperallergic. “For the cost of a single painting, I can move what it used to take me three front businesses to clear. Then, the painting can shred at the auction and somehow be worth more! What a racket!”
White-collar criminals everywhere are toasting Christie’s as “the greatest of all time” and “total scammers” — but some worry that this new level of radical visibility will affect other activities reserved for the criminally wealthy. And it might be true! ABC has already announced plans for a new Survivor-style reality TV series that takes place on the remote island where the ultra-rich go to hunt human targets.
“It’s concerning, but as long as no one reveals the location and access codes to our billionaires-only Mars colony, I think we’ll be fine,” said Elon Musk.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.