Sotheby's2016Sotheby's-Americana1Sotheby's-Americana“Americana Week,” at Sotheby’s, arrives with the American auction house reeling under a sinking stock price and sky rocketing debt.

Management seems to be joining the dark-arts of Wall Street with opaque art-world practices to produce black holes for shareholders, creditors and collectors.

The result can be an art experience that undermines society rather than edifies it.