About the Faxt

About The Baer Faxt

The Baer Faxt is a weekly news brief of the art world's top breaking stories. For the last 20 years, its reporting has been the most relied on source in arts information. Written and published by Josh Baer, the publication covers original news stories from an art advisor who has had his finger on the pulse of the art market for decades.


  • Breaking art world news
  • Auction sales statistics and highlights
  • Updates on art world persons of interest
  • Galleries' representation of artists and estates
  • New art ventures and projects
  • Fresh perspectives on the art industry
  • Insider insights on art collecting

About Josh Baer

Josh Baer

Josh Baer is a renowned art advisor, curator, and art market journalist.  He began his career in 1979 as director of White Columns in New York City.

Baer wrote and co-published the legendary art and culture magazine ZG and co-founded the post-Punk record label Neutral Records.  Among their releases was the first EP of Sonic Youth and Confusion is Sex. ZG Magazine featured contributions by notable artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Vito Acconci, Jack Goldstein, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Robert Mapplethorpe.  Baer went on to represent some of these artists when he opened the Josh Baer Gallery in 1985.

In 1994, Baer transitioned to private art advising, contributed bi-weekly to New York Magazine, and published The Baer Faxt.  He also taught arts-administration at The Fashion Institute of Technology and educated the public on art collecting through panel discussions and talks held throughout the world.  More recently, Baer curated selling exhibitions at galleries and auction houses and consulted with eBay before the launch of its online art venture in 2014.

Baer spends his days advising collectors from his office in Manhattan, New York.

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The Baer Faxt is brought to you by Josh Baer, the art market news industry's forefront virtuoso and a long-time constituent of the art media. A list of titillating and newsworthy tidbits related to recent transactions, events, and availabilities is expertly compiled, providing the first heads up for savvy subscribers. Get breaking contemporary art news and key art market insights such as tips and tricks when you subscribe. Rather than relying on word-of-mouth, let us provide you with concrete information. Don't transact without The Baer Faxt.