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One-Bid Wonders: Guarantee Ennui at Pre-Orchestrated Auctions (Plus: Christie’s Hack Attack)

Auction prices were once thought to be reliable indicators of an artwork’s fair market value—defined by the IRS as “the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.” That’s now an outdated take, as […]

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Corruption Roils China’s Top Music Conservatories

In April, Xue Wei, a former professor of violin at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, posted on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media channel, to accuse Tong Weidong, the current dean of the orchestral instrument department at the same conservatory, of sexual abuse toward students and corruption in the entrance examination process.

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Taylor Swift Remixed (DIY For Fans Who Wanted Something More From The Latest Album)

Nick Reiner had a problem. Reiner, a DJ and producer who goes by the moniker Major Vibes, was planning another Taylor Swift-themed party for the club Tellus 360 in Lancaster, Pa., and wanted to use the songs from her newest release, “The Tortured Poets Department.” “And then I heard the record and I was like,

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In Search Of Nefertiti’s Tomb

Celebrity archaeologists perennially announce that they’re close to unearthing the tomb of Nefertiti, perhaps ancient Egypt’s most powerful queen. She first tantalized the modern world with her beauty alone in 1912, when her iconic bust appeared. Her importance in ancient Egypt became better known over the following years. Still, archaeologists remain baffled about her abrupt

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Filter Wars: How Our Digital Life Is Killing Creativity

Kyle Chayka, 35, is a journalist for the New Yorker Magazine, where he has a column about technology and culture on the internet. He is concerned about the dissemination of art online and has just published a second book, Filterworld: How Algorithms Have Flattened Culture, which looks at the difficulty of finding new artistic experiences

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A Dance Style Invented In Rio 20 Years Ago Has Been Declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage”

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It all started with nifty leg movements, strong steps backwards and forwards, paced to Brazilian funk music. Then it adopted moves from break dancing, samba, capoeira, frevo — whatever was around. The passinho, a dance style created in the 2000s by kids in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, was declared in

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