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Liao Yibai
Top Secret Hamburger
2009
Mike Weiss Gallery
New York
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BLIND POWER
by Charlie Finch



The Robins v. Zwirner lawsuit has brought about all sorts of rumblings about transparency, resale royalties for artists, countervailing arguments for the virtues of secrecy and canticles about the magic of the market. It has also reminded us of the comedic dysfunctions of the art world, the old axiom that "a dealer is a dealer: car dealer, drug dealer, art dealer" and the peculiar fetishistic bond between artist and work. Herewith, some tales from the art side awaiting, to use an old auction term, your "guesstimates."

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