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The Art of the Deal
September 15, 2010 - October 24, 2010
John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
"Untitled", ca. 1942 by Jackson Pollock, American, 1912-1956, oil, gouache, and ink, Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William Homer Alexander , 2003.11.65

Organized in conjunction with an economics seminar, this installation considered historical issues in the commercial art market ranging from the privileging of certain media and techniques to questions of authentication and intellectual property. Should artists be granted complete freedom to create and how does public funding influence the answer? Litigation where works of art are the subject of disputes offers insights into the value of an artist’s total oeuvre, how prices are affected when an artist dies, the economic impact of authentication, and even the existential question of what is art. Among  artists featured in the exhibition were Albrecht Dürer, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Prince.

"Piss Elegance", 1987 by Andres Serrano, American, b. 1950, cibachrome print on paper, Long-Term Loan, Promised Gift of halley k. harrisburg, Class of 1990, and Michael Rosenfeld, 230.2004
 "Perils of the Sea", 1888 by Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910, etching on paper, Gift of Fred A. Neuren, 1969.1