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Only $23,000 for “Insider information”

by Josh Friedlander

Knowledge comes at a price.

It would be a small price to pay in fines or disgorgement related to illegal insider trading, but $23,000 is instead the more reasonable sticker price for “Insider Information,” a compelling painting by French artist François Bard.

The 2014 work (above) was part of a recent show, entitled "Contre-Nuit" (meaning “against the dark”) at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan. It now hangs at the Axelle Fine Arts Galerie in SoHo (Delacroix owns both galleries).

The painting depicts a middle-aged heavyset man in a