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Sellyoulater.com Proprietor Revealed

ArtRank

In the past week, on various social media channels, it has emerged that the proprietor of Sellyoulater.com is a 26-year-old former art dealer and gallery owner named Carlos A. Rivera. Last week, Observer columnist Adam Lindemann spoke with Mr. Rivera and confirmed this. The Observer spoke briefly with Mr. Rivera this morning.

Mr. Rivera launched Sellyoulater on Feb. 8, and it was immediately greeted with skepticism (and some anger) in the art world for its practice of ranking young artists like stocks. (Most of these reactions were aired on social networks such as Instagram, which is precisely where Mr. Rivera was gathering a good deal of the information that powers Sellyoulater.) In the past few weeks, Mr. Rivera decided to rebrand his website as ArtRank. When he did this, he explained over the phone this morning from his Los Angeles home, there was a technical glitch and his personal information was revealed. Read More

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They Clicked With Investors—Now What? Who Will Win the Race to Sell Art Online?

Artsy's founder and COO.

For two years running, the website Artsy threw one of the glitziest parties at Art Basel Miami Beach, the 2012 edition a Chanel-sponsored blowout at Soho Beach House that went until 3 a.m. Just look at Patrick McMullan! Lenny Kravitz! The Brant Brothers! Dasha Zhukova! Wendi Murdoch! Demi Moore! Vito Schnabel! Pharrell Williams!

In December, their comparatively modest dinner was scheduled for the same time as Aby Rosen’s party, and not one of those names was in attendance.

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MoMA’s Sound Art Show, ‘Soundings,’ Has a Handy Website

A screenshot. (Courtesy MoMA)

“Soundings: A Contemporary Score,” the Museum of Modern Art’s first major sound-art exhibition, which was organized by Barbara London with Leora Morinis, opened this past weekend. Its accompanying website has also gone live, and it is great, filled with recordings of works by the 16 artists in the show, including many not on view at MoMA, like Florian Hecker’s great 2012 piece Chimerization, which premiered at last year’s Documenta 13in Kassel, Germany. Read More

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Artspace Acquires VIP Art

Artspace cofounders Vroom and Levene. (Courtesy PMC)

Gallerist has learned that Artspace, a website launched in 2011 that facilitates online sales for more than 100 galleries and nonprofit organizations, has agreed to acquire VIP Art, an art-selling website started by dealers James and Jane Cohan and investors Jonas and Alessandra Almgren as the VIP Art Fair that same year. Though neither side would discuss details, the deal has Artspace taking on VIP’s small staff and Mr. Cohan joining Artspace’s advisory board. Read More

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Is Art.sy in Violation of U.S. Sanctions?

Art.sy staff portrait.

Art.sy, the art search engine start-up that bills itself as the Pandora for the art world, is coming under fire for its name: the “.sy” suffix is the top-level domain name for the Syrian Arab Republic and those domains must be purchased from the Syrian government. According to an article in Slate, “Art.sy appears to have been breaking United States sanctions against the war-torn country.” Read More