Art Info: Giving You What You Paid For

by Art Fag City on November 16, 2007 · 2 comments Newswire

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After three and half years of development ArtInfo finally introduces its Sales Index, an auction database meant to be ArtNet’s only significant competition. As it stands now however, the company has a product that can compete amongst the smaller companies for traffic such as ArtFact and ArtPrice but not much more. Presumably as part of their promotion the database searches are currently without cost, a service that would be worth a lot more if they had launched with a reasonable amount of images. Within the first 20 results I conducted on Jeff Koons sculptures only one lot with a jpeg came up, rendering the majority of the searches meaningless for those without a photographic memory. Considering 7 of these lots were sold post 2000 there’s really no excuse for not having more scans and digital files online.

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  • Denny Greenway

    This post does not apply immediately, but C. Finch’s last attempt on Artnet, Adam & Larry, points to the decadence the New York art world maintains and Artnet is all too happy to chronicle. The reasons for pursuing art have changed and so have the reasons for making. We won’t have any Beuys or Paik’s anymore, just simply wall jewelry from CEO’s of art corporations. Unfortunately this art as business sensibility is getting ugly, if not inelgible for the status of art in the old experimental sense once believed. Maybe u could establish a decadence award and an honest award. Somewhere between Kara Walker’s silhouette’s being purchased by wealthy whites and assessed critically by ‘liberal’ Jerry Saltz’s. Kinda like German x’s paintings railing against WWI being purchased by the very Krupps mass producing weapons.

  • Denny Greenway

    This post does not apply immediately, but C. Finch’s last attempt on Artnet, Adam & Larry, points to the decadence the New York art world maintains and Artnet is all too happy to chronicle. The reasons for pursuing art have changed and so have the reasons for making. We won’t have any Beuys or Paik’s anymore, just simply wall jewelry from CEO’s of art corporations. Unfortunately this art as business sensibility is getting ugly, if not inelgible for the status of art in the old experimental sense once believed. Maybe u could establish a decadence award and an honest award. Somewhere between Kara Walker’s silhouette’s being purchased by wealthy whites and assessed critically by ‘liberal’ Jerry Saltz’s. Kinda like German x’s paintings railing against WWI being purchased by the very Krupps mass producing weapons.

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