“How many events do you have?” New York curator and art consultant Tim Goossens asked Shindigger, as he surveyed our Miami-bound LaGuardia boarding area.
“Hundreds,” Shindigger grunted.
“It’s all a parade,” one veteran gallerist on our flight bemoaned. “The worst are the well-dressed, moneyed types that are desperate for attention from God knows whom. They hide all day until the booze, sex and dance music grab their asses from these clandestine pool bars for another round of tomfoolery. They don’t even look at art!”
As I write this, I’m about to board a boat with “Lindsay Lohan’s thug,” a.k.a. Ray LeMoine, a guy whose recent press mentions range from face puncher to humanitarian to bar owner. Indeed, over the past few days, Mr. LeMoine has become a tabloid anti-celeb, and we’re on the run.
Isn't that Rich?
A number of years back, I attended a dinner in one of New York City’s legendary apartment buildings, hosted by a now-divorced art-collecting couple. I was seated between a mogul’s wife and an actress known for her lewd mouth, wearing couture but desperately in need of a bath. The conversation turned to art collecting, one of the Upper East Side’s most popular topics after real estate and renovations.
The Traveling Collector
The annual summer art tour is finally over. It was bookended by the Venice Biennale and the mega-fair Art Basel and included a few stops in between. Basel was packed with collectors and dealers and was very successful, with art changing hands at the fastest pace we’ve seen since ’07. If the art market isn’t Read More
BASEL, SWITZERLAND — Things are really cooking at Art Basel.
No, really: they’re cooking.
The smell of curry wafted down the aisles as The Observer neared the row of booths at the edge of the fair designated for the “Feature” section of special projects, many of them solo shows. The Observer rounded the corner at Read More
BASEL, SWITZERLAND — It should come as no surprise to observers of the contemporary art world that the youngest artist on display at the curated Art Unlimited section of the Art Basel fair, which opened to VIP guests today in Basel, Switzerland, is none other than 26-year-old wunderkind Jacob Kassay. Last month, a silver Read More
Art World News
Last week the massive Hong Kong Exhibition Center hosted a triple header–the four-year-old art fair Art HK; a luxurious Christie’s auction preview; and a Christie’s-sponsored exhibition of new work by Chinese painter Zeng Fanzhi–that provided a window into the state of the art market in China.
The fair now draws a good portion of the Read More
In the art world, summer is the time to make the pilgrimage: Events in Europe, public and private, afford much to marvel at, to think about-and, possibly, to buy.
FROM BASEL: THE Swiss have a few things to teach us about art collecting, given their appetite for it and the superb way they exhibit their Read More