Edward Behrens

Peering into the Shark Tank

Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the Twenty-first Century

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The art market stinks to high hell and in Dark Side of the Boom Georgina Adam, one of the finest analysts of its machinations, has taken on the challenge of being a Virgil to guide us through the circles of this underworld, a place of shadows, deals and greed. One might at least expect it to be well decorated, but when the artists Adam refers to merely, for instance, produce giant Xs printed onto canvas by an Epson Stylus Pro, even that redemption seems out of reach.

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