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27 Oct '14

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20 Jul '14

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Selling Red Square

Not many would question that art in public spaces, especially art created under extremist regimes, can be considered a form of monumental propaganda or as an attempt at nation branding. Take North Korea, where national identity is clearly communicated to the … Read More

09 Jul '14

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David Ostrowski

ArtTactic Artist Analysis

In June I was invited to publish an analysis of David Ostrowski’s art market for ArtTactic, the London-based art market analysis firm. The opportunity arose based on my ranking in their auction prediction game ArtTactic Forecaster–I’m proud to … Read More

01 Apr '14

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Trolling Amazon Art

While browsing through online art platforms for a work project, I finally took a look at Amazon’s widely-discussed and often-mocked foray into the online art market, Amazon Art. The concept had been swirling around ever since the early noughties, when Sotheby’s … Read More

12 Dec '13

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On Stuttering

I am a stutterer. It’s taken me more than two years to publicly admit that–although it’s been obvious to nearly everyone I’ve interacted with. I’m finally able to take a weird sort of pride in my stuttering. It’s made me question … Read More

28 Oct '13

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Chatsworth

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to visit Chatsworth House for Sotheby’s annual selling exhibition “Beyond Limits”, which featured modern and contemporary sculpture, some of which was  commissioned just for the sale. The weather was crummy and … Read More

15 Feb '13

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Marfa, TX

One of my all-time favorite places to visit is Marfa, the surreal art-wasteland in West Texas.

Donald Judd’s “100 untitled works in mill aluminum” from 1982-6 are 100 unique variations of a cube installed in former artillery sheds used … Read More

15 Feb '13

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02 Sep '09

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10 Dec '08

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Beer Baron-less

Well, it’s sad to think that the semester is almost over. Though I do have regrets (not getting enough out of the warmer months, for instance), I would hands down do this crazy adventure all over again. It’s fascinating to … Read More

30 Nov '08

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Very, very lost in translation

For Thanksgiving Sara, Kat, Michelle, and I decided to travel to Stockholm. Tempted by Swedes and the thought of sun, we would have done anything to get out of Petersburg for the weekend. (As students, this means we took the … Read More

02 Nov '08

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A break in the clouds

No real reason for posting, except that the weather was surprisingly lovely today. Of course, before noon it was bitingly cold–but there was sun! Sun! We had an excursion to the Museum of Political History of Russia, but only about half of … Read More