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Robert Storr Has His Doubts About Art.sy

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The Art.sy staff, when the company started.

If you’re a reporter, it’s very difficult to find someone to say something bad about Art.sy, the New York start-up that promises to be the Pandora for art, probably because it has so many prominent investors in the art and technology worlds (among them, Observer Media board member Josh Kushner). But, in The New York Times‘ big story this morning, the pessimistic opinion comes early and from a distinguished source.

Here we go:

Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art, has his doubts. “It depends so much on the information, who’s doing the selection, what the criteria are, and what the cultural assumptions behind those criteria are,” Mr. Storr, a former curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, said. In terms of art comprehension, he added, “I’m sure it will be reductive.”

Later in the article, after taking a look at the site, Mr. Storr declares, “This place is littered with really terrible art that nobody should be directed to.”

For more on how Art.sy works, read the whole piece here.

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