Jay-Z And Other Thugs Snap Up Art

I’m usually in favor of anything that supports art and artists, but the revolting scene known as Art Basel/Miami has me reaching for my Jesus-in-the-Temple whip of outrage. The art world has long since gotten in bed with grubby celebrities who only buy art because it’s what a newly minted millionaire is supposed to do. Woody Allen spoofed the type in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” with Max von Sydow grumbling Bergmanically, although von Sydow’s zingiest line was, roughly: “If Jesus came back to life today, he’d never stop throwing up.” Anyway, all the usual thugs like Jay-Z and Diddy were snapping up Art Basel wares, and the usual vulgar celebrity fashionistas and starlets stood nearby, licking boots. Revolting.

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