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Ofri Cnaani
Two Dimensional Days / Young Collectors
2007
Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York
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SURVIVAL STRATEGIES
by Charlie Finch



The severe economic downturn reveals an ugly truth about the art world, that despite the surface pretensions to progressive and radical thought, the economics of the art business are as cutthroat and reactionary as the most unregulated hedge fund or predatory investment bank. Collectively, things must change through cooperative action or otherwise the gallery world will collapse and it will be the artists, formerly the engine of prosperity and collector speculation, who will suffer the most. We will see more anguished letters like the one Joel Beck, director of the shut-down Roebling Hall, recently emailed to his artists apologizing for the monies owed to them that they will never receive.

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