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One can see why Baudrillard's efforts to reconcile the fetishism of high price with
the phantom of radicalism have made him so popular — the art dealer's
intellectual, as it were. His effort to collapse all cultural meaning into mere
Although the informed art audience was deeply interested in art prices, the idea
of using art as a form of investment was unknown in the eighteenth century and
barely even mooted, except among a few picture- dealers, in the nineteenth.
The traditional method, when a work by X came up in the salesroom and his
dealer wanted to be sure it would not fall below the gallery price for X's work, was
to bid it up. The auction room, as anyone knows, is an excellent medium for ...
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Robert Hughes must be one of the finest users of language at work in the field of art criticism. His comments, whether you agree with them or not, are always a joy to read. Read full review
Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artistsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This collection brings together over 90 essays, many of which have already appeared in major journals. Hughes considers the Masters, 19th-century art and artists, the Modernist spirit, American and ... Read full review