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Too many fairs, not enough art

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ashbird

"For even the most storied fairs and dealers, the message is clear: they must change or disappear" - Last line of article.
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I disagree. They may disappear for folks who are high in $$$ and low in quality discernment. But they will continue to thrive for buyers in the most rarefied stratosphere of antique and precious art collection.
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As in the business of information dissemination, fake things are a plenty in the art market. True jadeite (a silicate of sodium, aluminum, and iron) is tougher than diamond, although on the Mohs scale of hardness it sits at 6-7 compared with diamond's solid 10. A flawless piece of jadeite for jewelry is so rare it costs a great deal more than a flawless diamond, weight for weight. For this reason, one seldom sees jadeite set with amethyst (somewhere in article), a semi-precious stone not in the league of serious jewelry. But of course, if the buyer is a nouveau-riche and can't tell a fake anything from a genuine anything, he/she deserves what he pays for. Sometimes, life is very fair.
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It is amazing David Rockefeller's "private" museum of sorts is now open for auction after his death. There's a rich AND educated man, a man of wealth and letters (PhD, Harvard, LSE, University of Chicago; field: Economics and Poli Sci; PhD Dissertation: Unused Resources and Economic Waste ), no bankruptcies, no shiny, gaudy, stupid-looking self-portrait by some fourth-class portraitor hung in one's own so-called mansion (but acceptably "elite", for some unexplainable reason, sans the usual pre-cooked complaints from his Anti-Elite, Anti-Education, Anti-Science, Anti-Art, Anti-Literature, Anti-Anything-That-Is-Worth-Anything-Whatsoever band of thuggish supporters.)
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"Lock them up! Lock them up! Shoot them! Shoot them! We've got AR-15’s." That's ALL that counts, apparently. And that will make America “Great”.

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