The NY Times Decries Its Own Banksy Distraction; Mystery de Kooning Makes a Million; Sotheby's 1st Dibs KillerThis commentary by Marion Maneker is available to AMMpro subscribers. (The first month of AMMpro is free and subscribers are welcome to sign up for the first month and cancel before they are billed.)
Who Ignored Out Jenny Saville’s Star Turn?Blasted under the headline, “A Landmark Achievement for a Painting by a Woman, Upstaged by a Man,” the New York Times put the art world on notice on Friday. The paper’s concern was that an important milestone was getting ignored by some cheap art world hype surrounding Banksy’s late-auction stunt:
- “She should have been the center of attention, but somehow everyone got distracted. The nude self-portrait “Propped,” by Jenny Saville, was bought by a telephone bidder at Sotheby’s on Friday night for 9.5 million pounds, or about $12.4 million. That should have made plenty of headlines.”
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