This work by artist Mark Bradford sold for $3.5 million at auction on May 8, among more than a billion dollars worth of contemporary art sold by major auction houses Phillips, Sotheby’s and Christie’s during New York City’s spring sales week—and so far, this is a bad year.

Constructed using string and found paper, the enormous canvas suggests a city map. It is breathtaking. But will the 2012 work stand the test of time? Museums around the world are increasingly looking at contemporary art like this and saying, “yes.”

While galleries and auction houses have always trafficked in the latest art, large public museums have typically held back. That trend is changing as more large museums purchase and display contemporary art. But is this a reaction to a bubbling art market, a chance to educate the masses about billionaire-level aesthetic views, or a risky gamble on fickle tastes……?

Source: They said it couldn’t be done: Museums dive into contemporary art — Quartz

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