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OUR COLUMNIST AVILA DISCUSSES  THE NEW YORK TIMES’ RATHER BANAL POSITION REGARDING THE ANOMALIES OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET: 

‘… New York Times “home girl” Roberta Smith has decided to be crusty and superficial, instead being serious about depicting a world where a few wealthy people need a place to put their investments acquired in the past few years while a majority of “normal people” still hate to think accustomed to banality and senseless “things.” As long as the conscience is missing in those that try to convey some sense and are in a position to awake the society’s mind, prices will continue to go ridiculously up, and quality will be a mere coincidence…

“Having first determined the question according to his will, man then resorts to experience; and bending her into conformity with his placets, leads her about like a captive in a procession. In general let every student of nature take this as a rule–that whatever his mind seizes and dwells upon with peculiar satisfaction, is to be held in suspicion; and that so much more care is to be taken, in dealing with such questions, to keep the understanding even and clear.” (Francis Bacon)’

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