Shockingly, Art Is Expensive

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Seems like the Gray Lady is on a little bit of a trip about how expensive art, purchasing and/or preservation thereof, can be. First, there was yesterday’s House & Home piece (temporarily missed in our geriatric-induced shock) on the costs of maintaining ephemeral art, from Hirst’s “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” shark to Paula Hayes’ terrariums, and then today, Arts offered a complete run-down of Sotheby’s most recent contemporary art auction, where the sale of David Smith‘s CUBI XXVIII “became the most expensive work of contemporary art ever sold at auction.” It went to–no surprises there–Larry Gagosian.

Which is why, again, we’re psyched to go to the Gild opening tonight. $200 for art is way more palatable. And our Jack Kerouac poster is feeling just a touch precious.