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How the Wealthy Control the Art Market

Jun 02, 2016 | 563 videos
Video by Artsy

What compels patrons to support artists’ careers? How has the model of commissioning impossible ideas lasted from the ancient Egyptians until today? This short film explores the changing answers to this question. It’s the third in a series of short films from Artsy and UBS, titled "The Art Market (in Four Parts)," that aims to make sense of the unregulated art world—you can watch the first one on art auctions, and the second one on galleries here on The Atlantic. The films were directed by Oscar Boyson, and can also be seen on Artsy as well as on UBS's online art portal.

Author: Nadine Ajaka

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