Art History in the News: A Passion that knows no bounds

 “THIS month saw the launch in New York of a new kind of contemporary-art auction, one in which a single major player in the art market is invited to create “the sale of his dreams”. Set up by Phillips de Pury & Company and held in the firm’s new premises on the corner of Park Avenue and East 57th Street, the auction was promoted as a “game changer”. Phillips hoped it would help boost its flagging sales. Some described it as sub-contracting; others called it curating. The auction house named the sale “Carte Blanche”, a title that, among other things, is a reminder of the art market’s lack of regulation.”

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