NOTE: My Jim Dine drawings @ the National Gallery of Art review is up at Artnet.
NYT’er Carol Vogel’s auction preview story is out. (If you’re new to the story, it involves this Picasso, up next Wednesday, May 5 at Sotheby’s.) We discussed this at length in the post below this one, so I’ll just point out that today Vogel includes this line:
“Experts at Sotheby’s, which has put a $70 million estimate on “Boy With a Pipe,” shiver at the mention of $100 million for the work, saying all the spin is scaring away potential bidders.”
Does anyone believe that? It’s that buzz that got them a major auction preview story in the New York Times and in other outlets. This, in turn, creates the buzz that drives future sales.
The Boston Globe’s preview story, by Tatsha Robertson, is much better sourced. Sure, two of the quoted have pretty strong interests in seeing a record (and Robertson mostly shows she’s really good at calling Feigen-related phone numbers), but I’d still take Robertson’s sources over Vogel’s flacking.
Bloomberg also previews the auctions, but you’ll never stay awake through the whole story.
Sidenote: The Greentree Foundation, described by Vogel as “established to further international relations,” actually mostly does other things. Greentree is a Chinati Foundation supporter, hosts meetings of Long Island-based foundations, focuses on educational enhancement projects started by community groups, and supports ecological preservation. Their Form 990 is here. Because this is journalism about art (and commerce), the NYT apparently did not check it beforehand and likely will not run a correction nor a clarification.