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NYT Notes Generation Gap in Online Art Sales

June 9th, 2020

As art sales go online, the NYT notes an increasing generation gap, with older buyers tapering off their purchases and younger buyers continuing to collect. “The resistance from older collectors is still there,” says Anders Petterson, founder of analytics firm ArtTactic.  “When there is no physical art world, how do you substitute that experience?” he added. “Younger people are a lot quicker to adapt.”
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Unrest Over Killing of George Floyd Forces Museums to Address Institutionalized Racism

June 9th, 2020

A piece in the New York Times charts pressure on institutions to address problems of systemic racism and injustice in their organizations, collections and programs, following the social unrest caused by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the police.  “I do not think art museums have done enough,” says Chris Anagnos, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Directors. “We have dabbled around the edges of the work, but in our place of privilege we will never live up to the statement that ‘museums are for everyone’ unless we begin to confront, examine and dismantle the various structures that brought us to this point.”
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Art Basel Cancelled

June 9th, 2020

Art Basel has completely cancelled the 2020 edition of its fair in the Swiss town, after an attempt to move the fair’s dates to September.  “While there are signs of hope as individual countries are coming out of lockdown, the global situation remains precarious, and, unfortunately, too many uncertainties remain to go ahead with the fair,” the organization said in a statement. “These include the health risks posed by large gatherings, the limitations on intercontinental travel, and the unclear Swiss regulatory environment for shows of Art Basel’s size. Given these uncertainties, we believe that the best option concerning the Basel show is to focus on next year’s edition and delivering a fair of the exceptional international quality that the artworld expects.”
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Dash Snow

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Dash Snow, image via The World’s Best Ever.
b. 1981 died July 14, 2009
Lived and works in:
New York City
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Dash Snow, born and raised in New York City, was regularly associated with the “downtown scene,” referring to a sort of second coming of 1960s and 70s Warhol-era New York. Snow, who at a young age ran away from home, began to use drugs heavily, joined a graffiti crew, and started documenting his life at age 16 through Polaroid photographs.

Often depicting self-destructive escapades, Snow’s photographs captured the energy and lives of those around him.  However, the photographs, which were included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, were not simply a form of documentation—they carry a haunting, at once frightful and beautiful quality that grabs the viewer.

Snow’s more recent work veered away from his traditional Polaroid work and focused more on collage and assemblage sculpture. The collages and sculptures focused primarily on American politics and are imbued with an apparent mockery, conceptually reminiscent of Dada collages from the early 20th century.

Wikipedia Entry
New York artist Dash Snow dies from drug overdose at 27 [ArtObserved]

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Polaroid (No.111) via Rivington Arms.
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Untitled via Peres Projects.

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