Lisson Gallery Had a Champagne Misfire Last Night

The aftermath. (Courtesy Sarah Douglas)

The aftermath. (Courtesy Sarah Douglas)

On the VIP preview day, just about every booth at just about every major art fair features a bottle of champagne for potential buyers. It’s there to celebrate purchases, and the show itself. It’s anytime champagne, free and fun. Last night at the Armory Show, though, the London-based Lisson Gallery had a little mishap with theirs.

My boss Sarah Douglas, who is too busy to write this post, spotted a crowd around the Lisson booth just as she was leaving last night around 6:30 p.m. She only saw the aftermath (left), so it was hard to tell who was responsible, but it appears as though someone opened a champagne bottle with a little too much fervor and accidentally sprayed a wall piece by the artist duo Allora & Calzadilla. When she arrived, Alex Logsdail, son of Lisson founder Nicholas, was wiping the piece with paper towels.

According to Artnet, Allora & Calzadilla’s auction record is $154,496.

It’s almost certain that nothing was damaged. But keep an eye on that champagne, everybody. It’s not as harmless as you think.