Cops to Urban Explorers: “This is not a gallery”

Immediately after I’d read about it on Vandalog.com, I wanted to go see The Underbelly Project. But even as I was plotting, dozens were being arrested for nearly killing themselves to gain access to the already decaying and vandalized artworks.  The vandals can claim, “first!” Said one police officer: “This is not a gallery.” This…

Slim Pickin’s in Lean Times = $69 Mil for the Big Mo

No use talking about the art market as if it had ANYthing to do with the real world… Auction prices are back to mind-blowing even while our unemployment rates hover around 9%. An examination of performances by Sotheby’s and Christie’s  evening sales of contemporary art this week will show you only that a luxury market…

BITS: Art for Art’s Sake and Art for Espianage

THE UNDERBELLY PROJECT This past week, Vandalog,  and The New York Times (amongst very few others) reported on a very elite art viewing experience. This was not for folks with paddles, not for Armani-suited champagne-sippers, and not even for the hippest hipsters, consulting Flavor Pill and attending the latest Winkle and Balktick events. Nope. This…

How to Talk About Art: Always throw in a ringer.

Jeff Koons, at the 2010 Whitney Gala and Studio Party, listing the “influences” for his latest oil paintings and marble works : “Dali, Manet, Velazquez, Titian, you know… DaVinci, Praxiteles.”