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ART FAIR REPORT

Old World Exodus

Still attracting buzz and luring crowds, art fairs are struggling to generate sales

Visitors at the Armory Show, New York, 2009. Photo by David Willems. Courtesy the Armory Show, New York.

Compare these headlines: “Sales Still Down, but Spirits are Buoyant,” “Economic Downturn Prompts Stand-out Booths,” “The Armory Show Breathes Life Back into the Art Market” and “Art Dubai 2009 Sees Increased Attendance and Strong Sales.” The former two are headlines from the Art Newspaper’s two Armory Show editions, the latter are the post-fair press releases from the…

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