No One VIP Card Should Have All That Power

The New York Observer's hand model with the Pavilion of Art & Design VIP Card. Not pictured: Power.

The art fair VIP card is one of those tangible and easy ways to recognize a person’s power in the art world. As a frequent publisher of power lists, those mathematical and carefully considered qualifiers of fame and prestige, we appreciate these kinds of categorizations. They make our lives easier. For example: Flashing a certain tier of Art Basel VIP card takes you about as far as whipping out an American Express black card on a first date. These VIP power cards are usually non-transferable, hard to attain and allow at the very most one of your pals to tag along.

So imagine our surprise when two VIP cards for the Pavilion of Art & Design, the fair that opens to the public November 11 at the Park Avenue Armory, arrived at our office. Printed on the back of the piece of orange and white plastic is the phrase, “This card allows you to bring 3 guests” [the bold text is their doing].

Yes, we can feel the power.

We don’t take these kinds of things lightly. So: Get ready, Pavilion of Art & Design! You’re about to get VIP power-crashed by eight employees, friends and family of the New York Observer. They are all very important people.

No One VIP Card Should Have All That Power