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10 Works of Street Art That Went Commercial

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Street art purists grumbled this week when the Sincura Group, a concierge company in London, held a members-only event to exhibit Slave Labour, a spray painting by the artist Banksy, which was eventually sold for more than £750,000 ($1.1 million). In an expression of self-assurance that bordered on defensiveness, Sincura’s director told Bloomberg that this was mission accomplished.
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Why We Should Support Sotheby’s Locked Out Art Handlers

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As an 1895 version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream heads off to Sotheby’s today, it could bring in as much as a record-breaking $200 million. Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house, is doing better than ever, with profits on the rise. And yet, the unionized professionals who handle the art are out of work. They’ve been locked out since July 29 of last year, after refusing to accept an unfair contract from Sotheby’s that called to cut pay, hours, and pensions; eliminate health benefits; and replace full-time employees with temporary, unskilled workers. For the people who have spent years — and some, decades — lending their specialized skills to handling some of the world’s most precious artifacts, it wasn’t acceptable.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Shepard Fairey is looking to produce a new film adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984; apparently the street artist has been pursuing the rights to the project on behalf of Imagine Entertainment, the production house run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [via Heat Vision]

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Artists Who Don’t “Make” Their Own Work

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Allegedly David Hockney recently took a dig at Damien Hirst when a poster for his upcoming show at the Royal Academy of Art read, “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.” The Royal Academy of Art has since clarified that the phrase appeared on Hockney’s gallery wall, not their poster, and Mr. Hockney was not attacking anyone specifically.

This got us thinking. It’s not uncommon for artists to have assistants or employ experienced craftsmen to help with the production of their work. Sometimes, that’s the only way to bring their ideas to life. Sometimes, that process is part of the art’s conceit. Sometimes, they just want the money without doing much of anything. Here’s a brief and wide survey of classical and contemporary artists who conceive, but don’t or didn’t always “make” their own work. This is not exactly “in defense” of Damien Hirst. It’s a bit that, but more of … “in contrast,” just some thoughts to levy the hype and hate currently swirling around the artist. Let’s get to it!
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