Three Art World Stories in Three Images

In the past ten days three art world stories have caught my attention. Each of these stories, in one way or another, says something upsetting or revealing about the Art World and its values.

The stories are:

They say "a picture is worth 1,000 words" so rather than write 1,000 word essays about my reaction to each of the above, I have created mashup images using Photoshop that are my comments on each of these stories. Make what you will of them...

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2016-02-05-1454632427-8417813-Diogenes_mashup.jpg

Ai Weiwei as Jean-Léon Gérôme's "Diogenes"

2016-02-05-1454632509-4612281-garagesale_rothko.jpg

A fake Rothko painting offered at a garage sale

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Justin Bieber's upcoming retrospective