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THE POINT

An Old Model, A New Means

by JAMES AND JANE COHAN

Illustration by saiman chow.

The single biggest shift in the art world over the past 20 years has been the proliferation of event-driven activities. The art world, like the world of show business, has entered into the arena of spectacle. Whether it is biennials in Venice, Lyon, Istanbul or Gwangju, or art fairs in Basel, Miami, London, New York, Taipei, Singapore, Dallas, Los Angeles or Hong Kong (and one could go on), these events speak to the power of contemporary art as a…

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