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Christopher Mason



In this lively discussion with Charles Ruas, author Christopher Mason divulges how auction houses turn works of art into investment commodities, how shopping-mall honcho Alfred Taubman transformed Sotheby's into a powerhouse against rival Christie's, and how their financial shenanigans have affected the worlds of art, international society, and white-collar crime prosecutions - or have they? Of particular interest is their discussion of how market activity has come to determine an artist's social standing and professional reputation alike.



Christopher Mason's investigation of the
Sotheby's-Christie's price-fixing scandal is detailed in his new book, The Art of the Steal.
 

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Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies. Host Charles Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a frequent contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. His other program produced in these studios is Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and is one of the treasures in our archive.
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