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Inside the Art World

“First there was the recent announcement that Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, has opened a personal museum for his extensive collection, proving that an economic downturn that hits the wage-earners and mortgage holders needn’t damage the playground of the rich known as the “Art World.” The cover of this week’s New Yorker trumpets Eli Broad, who last year opened a contemporary art museum next door to the Los Angeles County Art Museum to house his collection. All this money means the “Art World” frequently receives more attention than any of the art that is presumably part of it — evidenced by the fact that when, as we do in anticipation of every December edition, we asked our writers to send us write-ups and reviews of any recent art-related books or films, the majority that came in were about “The Art World” instead of about art.”

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