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Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, at Art Basel 2010
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by Stefan Kobel

The sparkle is back in the eyes of the art dealers, and so, too, are the dollar signs. At Art 41 Basel, June 16-20, 2010, everything is in demand, from the good to the expensive. From the top of the gallery hierarchy to its lower ranks, there is genuine pleasure. Was it all a bad dream, this economic crisis? "For us it was always smooth sailing," one important dealer proclaims, while behind his back, people speculate about his financial well-being. "Basel always works" is the most often heard statement.