Is the artworld’s celebriphilia merely the symptom of a deeper insecurity?

Jonathan T.D.Neil, from the November 2013 issue

By Jonathan T.D. Neil

Jay Z, Picasso Baby, 2013, performance, Pace, New York. Photo: Kodaklens

Does the artworld have a celebrity problem? The new c-word has undoubtedly captured the attention of the gossips and scribblers. Everyone from friends (Christian Viveros-Fauné in Newsweek) to frenemies (Adam Lindemann in The New York Observer) has either whined and griped or shucked and grinned about those loveable cardboard cutouts from the entertainment industry getting all the airtime in 
the auction rooms and at the opening parties. Celebrities increasingly appear to be the buyers and sellers for very expensive works 
of…

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