Monday, March 9, 2009

Art Over Cold and Shaky Waters

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

Giulio Paolini, "L'altra Figura"

Mark Quinn "Meditation on Illusion"

Tom Molloy, "Swarm"

This past weekend on Piers 92 and 94 over the cold Hudson river, The Armory show, New York's International Fair of New Art brought in fewer crowds than other years according to some reviews. In it's tenth year running, the show expanded in size by incorporating a new section of Modern works. While a lot of the art seemed gimmicky, there were some other pieces that were of quality. Typically, during the past nine shows, dealers were prepared to skim 10% off asking prices, however this year, some desperately knocked off 30%. Some dealers complained about not selling any art at all, and others did very well, like Vladimir Ovcharenko of the Regina Gallery in Moscow. He sold a neon sign by a French artist, Claire Fontaine, for $20,000...It read: "Capitalism Kills."

OK, OK...this was kind of a depressing post, I promise an upbeat one tomorrow!

(Photos by: Katie Sokoler)


Anonymous said...

Love 'em! Don't strive for "less depressing;" do what you do -- it's great!

My WV: refluge... What you get deluged with after you eat too much. ;)

Karl-Edwin Guerre said...

Depressing is a state of mind, not a state of mine.
Great post.

The Concrete Commentator said...

Hey Guerre.. your right!

John Busschaert said...

I love the L'altura Figura. I don't know why but it just looks great.

-h said...

sometimes i wonder how the art and antiques shows did in palm beach. some of the dealers i spoke to said "they had no reason to complain."

i like the skeleton a lot and the everyone is broke piece.