Mittwoch, 19. Dezember 2018

Action against the art market

You can give it a try: The artist Robert Cenedella challenges the New York art establishment, Zachary Small reports on Hyperallergic, he has sued the city's leading museums for 100 million dollars, accusing them of conspiring with the city's top galleries.
"Cenedella alleges that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art ignore artists, including himself, who are not represented by a select group of commercial galleries. His lawsuit claims that those museums violate anti-trust laws by conspiring with galleries including Gagosian, Pace, David Zwirner, Marian Goodman, and Hauser & Wirth to inflate the prices of certain artists. Previous reports have indeed found a link between prestigious gallery representation and museum acquisitions as metrics of an artist's career success. A 2015 study by The Art Newspaper found that, over a seven-year period, artists represented by five of the world's biggest galleries accounted for about a third of solo museum shows in the United States. Analyzing the careers of a half-million artists between 1980 and 2016, a more recent study released in November 2018 found that success as a professional artist relied on a similarly smell network of museums and galleries that included all 10 of the alleged co-conspirators in Cenedella's complaint."

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