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The "Valuations" desk/coat check at Christieís during "Multiplied" art fair, 2010
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Beyond the Art World
by Ben Davis

I do not like the term "art world." Itís a useful term, of course, a kind of shorthand for something like "the professional sphere of the visual arts." "The art world thinks. . ." "Art-world concerns. . ." Etcetera. But the truth is, art is not a world unto itself. Art is part of the world. And that fact has to be a fundamental starting point for everything