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▼ Report: Jerry Saltz Resigns From NY Mag


Jerry Saltz writes,

I have many confessions. One confession: the new New Museum has squandered its last best chance to get it right. Another confession: I am leaving my position as critic of New York Magazine. Why? Let me tell you, my holy ones. Read my words planet Thebes and along the way I promise confessions so powerful they shall divide the very molecules of our being. These words are game changers.

New Museum

There was a moment when my heart fell for the New Museum’s renovation; it’s upgrade. My love was a surprise. I am Jerry Saltz after all, the critic who loves to hate New York museums. To be fair, my love for the new New Museum was tempered by questions from the beginning. From the outside, this silvery museum, this column is a symbol of an ambitious desire to reflect and participate in the discourse around contemporary art.

No one had mustered the gumption to build an art museum from scratch in New York since the Guggenheim (opened in 1959) and the Whitney (1966) did so in rapid succession. Read more…


▼ Update: Gagosian’s Co-Conspirator



Roman Abramovich is the Russian oligarch and serious art collector named in connection with human trafficking charges brought against New York art dealer Larry Gagosian. Abramovich is accused of both selling countless sex slaves to Gagosian, as well as exchanging slaves for pieces from Gagosian’s private art collection.

Abramovich , born 24 October 1966, is a Russian business- man and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC.

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▼ Report: Larry Gagosian To Be Indicted



New York art dealer Larry Gagosian will be indicted next month in Moscow on multiple charges of buying sex slaves from a well known Russian collector. The charges of human trafficking span a decade. Gagosian could face life in prison, although experts in the Russian judicial system express doubt he will be convicted. The Russian judicial system is notorious for its corruption including alleged pay offs to drop previous charges brought against the collector who will be indicted along with Gagosian.

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▼ Report: Brooklyn Terrorist Phantoms


Left: Artist Joseph Kosuth. Right: Moderna Museet director Lars Nittve and Francesco Vezzoli.

Linda Yablonsky writes, Friday morning found me in a gallery showing giant black inflatables that could have come from Planet Debbie. On my mind, was the palpable violence felt in any New York Gallery. The newspapers tell us a terrorist group in Brooklyn is likely targeting the bright white spaces of Chelsea, but the group seems a phantom and the NYPD has no definite evidence of their existence. Japan authorities no longer suspect the phantom group of executing the attack on Jeff Koons in February. Read more…

▼ Report: Don’t Come To New York


Huffington Post reports –

Musician and author Patti Smith had some sound advice for fledgling artists thinking of moving to New York: don’t.

According to Vanishing New York, in a discussion with writer Jonathan Lethem at Cooper Union on Saturday, Smith was asked if it was possible for young artists to come to the city and find the path to stardom that she did.

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▼ Report: The Near Future/ of Museums


The New York Times is covering the slow paradigm shift liquidating museum’s of their critical status. In the near future, museums will lose the difference which has always defined them: the difference between a commercial gallery and museum.


On the Guggenheim’s Walls, and Now on Yours, by Fred A. Berstein

“Museum auctions are nothing new — many institutions sell pieces donated by artists or collectors to raise money for programs. But the Guggenheim has taken things a step further, mounting a major exhibition with the intention of selling its contents.”

This is a death of museums, not an isolated event.
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▼ Report: Warhol’s Empty Births


Although I have been interested in Warhol since I was a kid, I don’t think his success or the value of his ideas equal a justification for relishing in the media stream at the expense of the poetic or the human. I also think he lived in a different time – a time in which pop art was disruptive to the sleep of art.
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