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New York Times Kills Its ‘Inside Art’ Column

Dec 13, 2016

A look at the Inside Art column in print.COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

On Friday, the New York Times debuted a new column in its arts pages, Show Us Your Wall, which will consist of interviews with collectors from a variety of fields where they open up about how they install their art collection at home. But more notably, the Times also retired its Inside Art column, which had been a mainstay of the culture section for over two decades, a must-read for art-market participants and prognosticators every Friday (or, when it began getting posted online, Thursday evening).

“Back in the Stone Ages—July 2, 1993—Carol Vogel inaugurated Inside Art (she had a column called The Art Market that began on Nov. 1, 1991),” Barbara Graustark, the Times‘ art editor, told me in an email. “There were no websites, and Carol’s dogged pursuit made the column a beacon for art news.”

We had asked for a little history of the column, and an explanation for why it was ending, despite its still-vital status as prime real estate for PR flacks trying to place stories. Graustark said that cramming a bunch of art-market nuggets into a single day had become inconvenient, especially as websites publishing market scoops (this one included) became able to put up those kinds of stories untethered to a publication schedule.

With the new reshuffling and redesign of the paper’s culture coverage, the Arts, Briefly column will now be in print six days a week, and prominently feature stories by the paper’s art correspondents.

“In later years, especially as the Internet expanded our reach, globally, we chafed at the restrictions,” Graustark said. “We wanted more. And we wanted to reach more than our thousands of devoted art-world and industry followers.”