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@Camp Nou, NYC dwells this fox with a Ph.D.
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As much as we want to ignore -- art requires patrons. WIthout the Medicis, Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet, the Nabis' dealer Ambroise Vollard, the art historian Duveen who redefined the Renaissance, Peggy Guggenheim, Nelson Rockefeller ... where would some of the great art be?
Much like football, you're correct about certain art trends. But do not jump to the conclusion that dealers are THE evil ones.
Vemeer the Dutch painter, for example, was also a good art dealer who assisted in spreading high art to the middle class. And in our own 21st Century, western politicians -- with their greed and fear -- are entirely responsible for the emergence of a new generation of artists as pacifists.
One of Luc Tuymans' patrons is advertising executive Charles Saatchi who engineered the good fortunes of Damien Hirst and fellow Young British Artists. While purists scorn, one cannot deny the fact that Saatchi had had the foresight and knowledge to provide a steady working environment for young talents and, at the same time,
had actually created a new movement in art.
For me, football is irrationality, tribal, passionate... - Almogŕver