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There’s a very interesting and sad article about Peter Max (the renowned 60s artist) in The NY Times May 28th (I’m not certain I can post a link so I won’t) - here’s a brief excerpt: Peter Max, the iconic psychedelic artist, has dementia and can no longer paint. But for some, his decline meant a lucrative opportunity. They hired street painters to churn out art in his style, and told Max to sign it. And they turbocharged sales via a never-ending series of cruise ship auctions.

 

I’ve known for years how slimy the art auctions are (after overhearing 2 gallery workers on a ship talk about needing to get ready for the “next group of suckers”) but this article makes me feel awful for even looking at the “Peter Max” art on ships. 

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