Basquiat & Kevin Durant in Brooklyn

The Angry Ironist I noticed an unusually tall man bending down to scrutinize a drawing at the Basquiat show in the Brooklyn Museum. A mesomorph trailed him protectively. I soon realized this towering spectator was a famous basketball player, but I couldn’t place his name since I don’t follow sports. I took his picture anyway Read more about Basquiat & Kevin Durant in Brooklyn[…]

Elaine Sturtevant – Connoisseurship takes a beating

“What is this doing here?” asked my friend. It was Jasper John’s “Target With Plaster Casts” and it was located at the end of a long hallway bordered with Andy Warhol Cow wallpaper. We spent some time admiring it. But something was wrong here. The painting was terribly lit and seemed to be haphazardly thrown Read more about Elaine Sturtevant – Connoisseurship takes a beating[…]

A Bad Hat, a Dumb Rock, and a Western Motel

Here’s three more reasons to visit L.A.  1. Can we finally now get over Norton Simon’s land grab of the Pasadena Art Museum? Fond memories when we were young and first saw the Warhol Brillo Boxes and the Richard Serra cut up redwoods. That was very cool. But then followed by the worst betrayal ever. Read more about A Bad Hat, a Dumb Rock, and a Western Motel[…]

Smith Street Brooklyn Comes to Chelsea

If someone asked me, “What’s your problem?”  I’d have to say “skin.”   Andy Warhol Eighty Eight degrees inside on a sub zero-freezing night outside. Which was good. An abundance of arms necks legs with multicolored designs of dragons skulls clowns snakes pin up girls and geometric patterns floated around the space. Mostly old school Read more about Smith Street Brooklyn Comes to Chelsea[…]

My brief conversation with Rbt. Hughes plus a better story by Ben Genocchio

I got to hang out with Mr. Robert Hughes once. Here is a photo of us practicing irritable looks having a beer at an alternative art space in Westchester. Actually got on and I got to ask him about Andy Warhol to see if his view had softened at all. Mr. Hughes was famous for Read more about My brief conversation with Rbt. Hughes plus a better story by Ben Genocchio[…]

Hoist One and Light a Cigar for Leroy

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.” -Chuck Palahniuk One of our most popular pieces at the Ekphrasis show at Lift Trucks was a 1961 drawing of Sardi’s by Leroy Neiman. Interestingly enough it was this piece that got a lot of people talking about the Read more about Hoist One and Light a Cigar for Leroy[…]

Interviews on Art Marketing

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What does it mean to have an artistic reputation? Is there a line between being a sellout and a savy businessman? To further investigate this issue, I relied on the help of professionals. A survey was sent out with a list of eight questions to experienced art professionals that would bring insight to the modern role of marketing in art. These people have years of real-world experience dealing with the modern art world and all the business aspects of it. The responses I got ranged from successful art dealers, consultants, artists, curators, and more. Of course there was no one definite answer, as the answers where as varied as these people’s backgrounds. However, there was a general consensus on some issues, and all the responses added valuable and smart insight to the subject.

Where is the line?

What does it mean to be a sellout in art? As many already know, there is a fine line that must be walked between homelessness and preserving a reputation. Just ask Thomas Kinkade; the evil mastermind who convinced millions of suburbanites that they needed an uninspired picture of a house in their house. Sure, he might be worth millions, but is his work in any respectable gallery (besides the one at the mall)? His “work” is always the same, a house in the middle of the woods with a bunch of trees and random animals that looks good next to your U2 Cd collection. His work is the result of countless minions painting along with machines that press out thousands of prints a day.