Money. But like, big money. Cash. Wires. Transactions. Exchange rates. Safe. Switzerland. Investment. Tax returns. Money laundering. Speculation. So far, this could be a basic list of finance stuff. But those are words (and actions) that have become very, very central to the art world. And who says art world, today, necessarily implies auction houses. Which reminds me of Sarah Thornton and her « Seven Days in the Art World. » A few days ago, we got to read in The Guardian what one of the most talented, collected, and respected contemporary artist had to say about money and its committed relationship to Art. In the article, Gerhard Richter contemplates, a bit powerless as he admits, how the market has taken absolute control over quality and artistic monetary value of a work. And from the mouth of Richter: « No one who had bought his works in recent years, he said, had ever contacted him to show an interest in him or his work, implying that they were only interested in the work’s investment value. He confirmed that often his works were among those bought as safe, tax-free capital investments and stored in art bunkers in east Asia or Switzerland. Richter said he had resigned himself to the fact that “hardly any one talks about art any more. Even in the arts pages of the broadsheets. » But I won’t bother you with a short re-write. The full version is much more striking: click here to read. It did leave me quite happy and relieved to see more and more people from the art world rally around the thought that what is happening is, indeed, fucked up. Martin Roth, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, also joined in, giving the following advise to people who’d want to know more about the art world: « Don’t listen to art advisers. Come to Museums. » Because, what is at the center of the art world… Wait. No. What IS the art world, is art. ART. That spells A, R, T. Not M, O, N, E, Y.