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Aukje Dekker Makes Patrons Decide When Her Paintings Are Finished—And It Could Cost Them

by Edo Dijksterhuis
I’m not a gambling man by nature, never quite understood the allure of the blackjack table or roulette wheel. But when Aukje Dekker invited me to a game of I couldn’t resist. The game starts at 150 euro. Dekker’s ante is an empty canvas. When she adds something to the painting my deposit increases by 50 euro. At every stage she asks me whether I’ll “stick”—in other words, buy the work as is—or “twist,” and go for another round. It’s like playing chicken in an artist’s studio: the painting is... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 4/1/16
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Art Fairs Aren't Evil, They're Just Boring (Most of the Time)

by Art Vidrine
Art fairs are evil—or so I’ve heard. They are not the devil incarnate come to steal your children, per se, just the dollar incarnate come to swallow your art. The criticism usually goes something like this: capitalism corrupts art by turning it into a common commodity and (more importantly) depriving it of its critical capacity as a consequence. Because if you are part of a system, you cannot objectively critique or reject that system. You become complicit by default.   Can you believe such... [more]
Posted by Art Vidrine on 5/11/15
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