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Corporate Intrigue in the Art World

June 26, 2012



On Monday afternoon, the Artnet magazine Twitter feed was unusually somber. For years, the feed has been a reliable, go-to source for breaking news stories with actual relevance (not always a given in art journalism), but on that day the final post featured an Instagram photo of Lower Manhattan. “Goodbye beautiful Woolworth Building views,” read the message, written by the Artnet editor Walter Robinson, who had just been told that the magazine, where he’d served for 16 years as its only editor, was kaput. Even in this rare personal Tweet, it was hard not to see the news angle. Just a few months ago, Artnet moved to a lavish space on the 26th floor and then, this week, cut the magazine for failing to turn a profit.

“I’m shaken,” New York magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz, whose writing has appeared on Artnet since 1998, told The Observer yesterday. He added that he was considering sending back his “low-three figure” freelance check for this month. “A really dynamic, really open, unpredictable, chaotic species just became extinct.”

Excerpt of an article written by Dan Duray, at the New York Observer. Continue HERE

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