Tuesday April 18, 2017

Blurred Lines paints a picture of an art world corrupted by big money

Director Barry Avrich's new documentary, Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, takes a look at the intersection between art and money.

Director Barry Avrich's new documentary, Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, takes a look at the intersection between art and money. (Melody Lau/CBC)

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A new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich, entitled Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, is lifting the veil on what goes on behind the scenes in the world of contemporary art and he's exposing some pretty shocking practices. 

"It's a pump-and-dump world of promoting art," Avrich reveals, noting that the art world revolves more around money than the art itself. 

Avrich says this "shadowy, opaque world" is filled with wealthy people determining the worth of artists by creating a "fabricated frenzy" around certain people to increase interest and value. He adds, "The artist has so much risk; it's dangerous for them."

Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World opens at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend and it will also be screened at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto later this month. 

— Produced by Dawna Dingwall