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THE POINT

Fast and Furious

BY INGRID DUDEK

Building critical taste in Asian auctions

Illustration by Mágoz 

Sometime in 2006, I went to observe our competitor’s New York evening sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art—as one sometimes does in the industry—to gauge the mood, to observe the “action.” I ended up in the standing-room area, next to a mainland China-born private art adviser based in Europe. As a freshly minted auction specialist in Chinese contemporary art at Christie’s, I thought myself on the brink of a fortuitous professional connection, and introduced myself eagerly. “Chinese art…

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