Artist Omer Fast is facing a backlash over his current installation at James Cohan in Chinatown, which replicates a shuttered Chinese business. “Chinatown is a 150-year-old thriving community that people built on their own,” says protest organizer Betty Yu. “When an artist equates our culture as garbage, it’s really insulting to the community.”
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* David Roberts is a property tycoon from Greenock, near Glasgow, who has about 2,000 pieces by 400 artists, and is opening a large space in Camden, soon. Currently operating out of 111 Great Tichfield Street, Roberts supported artist Doug Foster to make a three-dimensional video piece called “Breather” and then agreed to buy two sister pieces for it before production, covering the costs. He recently bought painter Greg Rook’s entire show, and a room installation by Tracey Snelling.
* Via the Financial Times