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07.08.14 Sophie Weiner

Florida-based real estate company Showhomes lets families “manage” houses that they’re selling — living “like ghosts” on the luxury property, never leaving a trace of their lives behind. The existentially depressing set up is chronicled in Tampa Bay Time’s profile of the Mueller family. All surfaces must be regularly cleaned; weeds eradicated, car oil spots removed. […]

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07.13.10 Marina Galperina

Apparently, foreclosed-real-estate looters tend to “avoid funky and arty” homes. Artist Mitch Cope and architect Gina Reichert garland abandoned houses with stripes, jam windows with painted cones and trade boarded-up doors for rock sculpture blockades to discourage break-ins. The “bizarre sculptural” defense is now on view at MOCA Detroit, in case you need an alternative […]

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04.29.10 Marina Galperina

High-end fabricators Carlson & Co, who made their name in producing giant stainless-steel “Balloon Dogs” for Jeff Koons, are going bankrupt. While the “Dogs” go for $20 million a piece, the overall trendiness of over-sized monstrosities slumped with the recession. Carlson let go of 95 employees in anticipation of the closing. Maybe Koons could have […]

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03.12.10 Marina Galperina

Instead of having their windows papered-over and blacked-out, empty storefronts in Chicago, New York and Paris are turning into makeshift art galleries. The property developers are happy to provide open community access to art, but are hoping the trend is temporary: “Please, get me some tenants.” |NYT| […]

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09.17.09 Bucky Turco

While many institutions around the city are scaling back, the New York Aquarium is expanding and will spend “$100 million plan to renovate its building in Coney Island and create two massive tanks for more than 30 sharks.” |NYT| […]

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07.31.09 Will Sherman

In light of galleries going under and struggling to hang on, the Art Newspaper gathered some advice for staying in the game. London dealer Karsten Schubert candidly advises galleries to “cut costs as quickly and as radically as you can… let very qualified staff go very quickly and very brutally.” |TAN| […]

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06.02.09 Bucky Turco

While most Americans have no problem blaming politicians, Wall Street types or rich asshole bankers for the looming economic crisis, in Ireland, it’s the immigrants who are at fault according to this spray painted slogan on the side of a truck near that country’s “busiest” roadway. The scrawl was described as an “incitement to hatred,” […]

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