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Was just asked to leave the Village Voice as a critic because of a perceived conflict of interest as he is the head of VoltaNY and Next Chicago art fairs. Seems unfair to me, how are critics supposed to survive in NYC on that kind of pay? Only makes sense for them to work in other facets of the industry.
He was a critic first, then became a dealer (partnering with Joel Beck at Roebling Hall), then went back to criticism until a big kerfuffle in Tyler Green's blog about conflict of interest got him canned from the Village Voice. A pity, really, because his criticism was really starting to heat up. Never was accused of doing something wrong, just the possibility that he could.
Tyler Green is an idiot!See "Grace Gluek"
Know him personally. Can be cranky and opinionated, but he's very smart.
Christian is an art world personality. His value as a critic, dealer, or fair organizer is all dependant on Christian being Christian. Although he was “released” from the recently bought-out “Village Voice” his work with VOLTA and NEXT will keep him a visible presence in the scene. He’s always been honest and forthcoming with me, maybe that’s being cranky and opinioned.
I had a pleasure of having him in my studio in the past and he was honest, direct, and encouraging. I had a very good impression on him and people around me always talk highly of him.
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