Jerry Saltz

Os jornais que vão cobrindo o mercado da arte de uma maneira geral regurgitam os press releases que vão sendo lançados pelas leiloeiras e pelos dealers, ou então reciclam o que foi publicado no NY Times , no Financial Times e no Guardian. Os jornais e jornalistas especializados são um pouquinho mais credíveis, mas mesmo assim com enormes limitações no revelar do que verdadeiramente se passa no mercado especulativo da arte moderna e contemporânea. Os recordes, os precos multimilionarios, mais um Picasso para um oligarca, mais um Andy Warhol para um hedge-fund manager.
Impulsionado pelo artigo de Sarah Thornton na Economist da semana passada, e na sequência dos leilões absurdos do último mês em Nova York, em especial do da Phillips de Pury organizado por Phillipe Segalot, Jerry Saltz, na sua página do Facebook, escreve o que toda a gente sabe mas ninguém tinha tido coragem de escrever:

“What can we do?  Short of the fun it would be for everyone in the art world to agree that, while we love Warhol, we’re not going to look at or talk about his art again for fifteen years, as we try to smoke-out, stifle, and bankrupt these hypocrites and crooks. More seriously, one would hope that more writers on auctions would think things through and not just report splashy prices and reprint press-releases. Beyond that I have no counter model to offer. I’ll only say that to me auctions aren’t about art. As they are now, auctions are about moving capital; a denial of reality; have no meaning except to themselves; and are places where we’re all cut off from art. In the meantime I really do hope that the FBI White Collar Crimes Unit lets these auction houses feel its hot breath on their slimy necks. I also hope newspaper reporters, magazines, bloggers, and people who say this is their beat would stop just following the prices. When they do this they’re just feeding the beast and servicing this same cast of shady characters. Instead of following the prices, they should follow the money! Ask where did it come from? How did it get here? Who did it go to? Who’s greasing the wheels? And how?  Or don’t and just go along for the ride.”

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