In related news: Sotheby’s tried to get the University of Iowa Museum of Art to sell its Pollock last year. Apparently this is bad. But I can’t say I find it surprising. Does anyone really expect Sotheby’s, a pre-Internet e-Bay for high-end garage sales, to adhere to high standards of ethical behavior?
New galleries opening up in Miami, despite the dour economy. Best part of this story: some German artist will be “interviewing” Mr. Clucky, the Miami Beach rooster, for a video/photo project at Wolfgang Roth & Partners, one of the new galleries on the scene.
Deep thoughts by Charles Saatchi. Sample: “There is something enchanting about seeing groups of children sitting round a Chapman brothers piece, with penises coming out of girls’ eyes, drawing it very neatly to take back to their teachers.” Plus: a report on his Chinese art show in London.
Shadow Cities: a fascinating talk about the permanence of some squatter settlements. Related: We Make Money Not Art has a report on an art project that documents squatter settlements inside abandoned or partially-finished buildings.
Only in the Dead-Tree Edition: There is an absolutely hilarious profile of Zaha Hadid in the October issue of Wallpaper, in which Hadid treats the writer (and everyone else) like total crap, but all he can do is talk about how much he love love loves her, because no mortal could ever reach her level of genius. Call it The Story of Z.