Art World Highs and Lows

From exorbitant tuition, to the debacle at the DIA, in many ways, 2013 was a tough year for the arts.

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ABOVE: Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887, oil on pasteboard, 9.8 x 10.5 inches, Detroit Institute of Arts, appraised value: $150 million, Photo: © Detroit Institute of  Arts, Detroit [2014]

In many ways, 2013 was a tough year for the arts:

THE LOWS

Art School Inequality

Offering free tuition since 1859, Cooper Union will begin charging its undergrads $20,000 a year in 2014.

If you want a BFA, you had better be rich. If you want an MFA, you should start robbing banks now.

The DIA

In the wake of economic collapse, the vultures descended on the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2013.

As if Detroit didn’t have enough problems already…now it could lose a world class collection to private collectors.

Record Setting Greed

2013 was a great year for auction houses with records being set left, right, and center.

Unfortunately, when auction houses win, the public often losses – many of these treasures are destined for private collections.

And now for some good news:

THE HIGHS

Bring on the Riot

In June 2011, Chinese authorities released Ai Weiwei. In December 2013, Vladimir Putin released the last two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot.

Oppressive regimes breed and need dissident artists.

The DIA May Be Saved

Nine charities have pledged $330 million to help save Detroit’s art from being sold. Here’s hoping.

Portland Brings Home the Bacon

The most expensive artwork ever sold at auction is heading to the Portland Art Museum.

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud will be on display until March 30, 2014. After that? Who knows.

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