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The Art of the Matter

November 13, 2017 | Laura Ferguson
The SMFA annual art sale, with works by both students and established artists, opens November 16
Ten years ago, real estate developer Juan Prieto looked at the bland lobby of a Cambridge office building and knew it cried out for art. But he wanted real art—not the mass-produced kind “that offends no one and looks pretty, but really isn’t art,” he said. Next door, the Royal Sonesta Hotel’s display of original works was impressive, but well beyond his modest budget.