so many great invites, why go out?


not so sure about fate of trees with advent of international gallery expansion and two inch thick cardstock. who will invent the greenvite?

frankenthaler at gagosian meets bowie at victoria and albert; ruscha's books at gogo, and zwirner's kusama representation (poached from gogo) announcement; and the recently deceased alan uglow, a craggly friend, organized by bob nickas at zwirner and neil jenny at gogo. is he still alive?

re the galleries, there is certainly a lot of z & g 2 c. but maybe that's beause they are among the few who can still afford to send out hard copies  ... weiterlesen

art star sabbaticals (ass)


here is a fabulous concept! daniel day lewis has announced a 5 year withdrawal from actiing starting now, from 55-60 years of age, wherein he will take up "rural skills" such as stonemasonary. why don't certain art stars follow suit and take sabbaticals? i can think of 5 off the bat.

ps: day lewis has done it before, he interned in 1999 in florence making shoes for stefano bemer out of crocodile, hippopotamus, elephant and camel. yuk, what a creepy thing to do!  ... weiterlesen

sorry for horn tooting, here was my 1990s...


At thirty-three years of age, Long Island born artist-curator Kenny Schachter has already practiced law (he passed the New York bar in 1987), sold neckties, and traded in European art prints, all the while progressing deeper into the experiential art trenches of New York where younger emerging artists begin to make themselves and their works evident to the discerning few. At present he is best known for his samisdat-like efforts in Soho where twice or thrice a year he will rent a space and install a show that will last five weeks, then be gone, having just introduced a range of new tastes to the community.

In short, Kenny Schachter is an art activist. As an advocate of the new, he champions the offbeat critique. As a promoter, with tireless energy, sincerity, and belief, Schachter makes things happen.  ... weiterlesen

The Dark Art of Art Making


Wade Guyton appropriates imagery, which subsequently get digested and regurgitated through an oversized Epson printer and pops out as abstract art. Gerhard Richter uses paint as an assisted readymade that gets squished and dragged with a squeegee to make abstract paintings. Guyton goes fully digital with a cool remove and distance to the work while Richter is the analogue version with a quasi-mechanical, yet manual means to produce his art.

The results of the two are formal, conservative, pretty, decorative and delicious. Nevertheless, both bodies of work are formulaic all the same: one man’s Stylus Pro to another’s super scraper. Warhol’s trusty silkscreen lies somewhere in between the two devices. Another feather in Richter’s hat are his blurred photo-realistic works to fall back on (not that he needs any falling), and though Guyton’s computer generated "paintings" have gone gangbusters, the jury is still out if there is a second act to follow as accomplished.

Table for Two

Kenny Schachter portrayed by the Bruce High Quality Foundation
Kenny Schachter portrayed by the Bruce High Quality Foundation

What is the psychology at play in art making collectives? Perhaps it relates to the human need, like wild animals, to coexist in packs - though with artists it’s mostly 2-packs. Collaborative art could evince the inexorable need for community, our desire to be social, and to readily communicate amongst one another. But like marriage, is this a natural state for making art, or even cohabitating for that matter? Does it reflect a weakness or insecurity? Can cooperative art make for a more proactive and effective political stance? Things get further complicated when death or divorce are thrown into the mix.

McDermott & McGough, Gorilla Girls, Acconci Studio, Thek Coop, Gilbert & George, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Art Club 2000, Studio Equipo 57, Pruitt & Early, Fischli/Weiss ...



Go Zaha, proudly and loudly. An accomplished, forceful woman is seen as a shrill and difficult rather than a success. That female architects have not only fewer positions, but are also paid significantly less than their male counterparts is unfair and unfortunate.

It’s not altogether different in the art world, though there are certainly more opportunities on offer to female artists than ever before, yet, like their architectural equivalents, they are far from attaining price parity in the marketplace. With a high profile artist such as Georg Baselitz pounding his chest like an orangutan and going on record to the effect there are no female artists good enough to warrant high prices, it is sad, shocking, but not surprising that the world can still be so small minded.    ... weiterlesen

Is losing the new winning?


If you had any doubts about auction market manipulation, rest assured; here’s unequivocal proof. A recently-acquired-at-auction Basquiat work on paper reappears, said to be owned by the Mugrabis, then doesn’t sell during last night’s sale. Low and behold, Phillips decides to put the unsold work back on the block a few lots after it passed, to give it another go round, and it sells. Is losing the new winning? Are they auctioning off integrity too?

The inimitable Judd Tully:  ... weiterlesen

The Day Trader in Art


Here is a snapshot from the house of today’s new collector. We have entered the day of the day trader in art.

“…there are two types of buyers at auction, the ones who invest in a work for a specific amount of time and view art as an asset class and the other who will “put it above the fireplace and pay any amount for the privilege.”

“I’m in the first category, the investment one,” said Wallace, looking quite youthful and decked out in a tailored blue suit and neatly knotted tie.

Well done to Hirst at this week’s sales, whose early demise was greatly exaggerated. Noted by many to have a toxic market (including me, though I’ve never doubted staying power of early work) he sold particularly well, if at lower levels then in the recent past, all things considered.

The most excellent Judd Tully's reportage on the issue:  ... weiterlesen

Pierre Bonnard / George Bush, Jr.


Artist: Pierre Bonnard
Completion Date: 1935
Style: Intimism
Genre: genre painting
Technique: oil
Material: canvas
Gallery: Private Collection
  ... weiterlesen

The Hirst Hooligan


did you happen to notice the pope resigned? i heard of slow newsdays, but somehow that passes for 24/7 info these days. maybe pastor kevin sutherland, the hirst hooligan arrested for attempting to pass off forgeries to sotheby's, should be proposed for the job. with the things people do on a daily basis, how can you read fiction?

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"Die Kunstwelt ist wie eine Mafia, es gibt ein ungeschriebenes Gesetz des Stillschweigens", sagt Kenny Schachter. Auf seinem Monopol-Blog bringt der britische Kunsthändler Licht ins Dunkle und macht die Mechanismen des Marktes transparent. In englischer Sprache