It's Already Simple, Deborah: S.I. Bought It All Before You Got There

Turns out the art world's problem isn't that it's a market-obsessed, commoditization-frenzied bubble; it's that it isn't a market-obsessed, commoditization-frenzied bubble enough. No need to fear, though, Domino magazine is here:

ìArt is another form of shopping,î [Domino editor Deborah] Needleman said by phone July 25. ìItís not like buying a toaster oven, but itís not that different, either.î

Ms. Needleman said that her magazineís monthly arts coverage will aim to ìdemystifyî art in the same way the magazine makes home decorating simple.

ìI feel like the art world tries to maintain this mystique,î she said. ìItís particularly apparent when you go into a Chelsea gallery and thereís this big lie theyíre propagating, like theyíre pretending theyíre not selling stuff. They make you feel bad for just looking. Those gallerinas are there, but I donít know what theyíre there for.î
I wish someone could demystify magalog editors for me.

Off The Record [, 3rd item, right below a shoutout to one of my fearless NYT editors, Jodi Kantor. Mazel tov all around!]

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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