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i want to be on a list, any list

April 22, 2010

[LA Times] Collectors chasing after new work by big-name artists like Marlene Dumas, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince know all about lists.

There are the short lists: collectors who for whatever reason (whether a cozy relationship with the artist or gallery or ties to a museum where they might donate the work) get first pick from a gallery exhibition.

There are the waiting lists: those who don’t make that first cut.

And for certain artists at certain galleries there are also the blacklists: collectors not allowed to buy the artist’s work from the gallery, typically because they are perceived to be speculators looking to flip the work.

So what happens when a powerful collector says he’s been bumped from short list to blacklist? (read)

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