THE ART SHOW - ADAA Preview Party.. Air Kisses all around!
So there was Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Marron, Byron Wien, Peter Max, Roger Altman, Jeffrey Deitch, a sea of endless hedge fun managers, and MAO. Let's just say.. it was the
lemmings who's who of the NYC art world.
Like didn't we just do this 3 months a go.. but in warm weather?
Actually all liposuction and the obvious botox joking aside... this upper east side crowd seemed a bit thinner than last years preview.. where was everyone, can we say art overload?
But the ADAA show did not disappoint. I think I've not see so many million dollar paintings for sale in
such a long time at least 3 months. And, just like MIAMI, almost everything was sold..sold ..sold..by the end of the preview night.
Even these super simple photorealistic, overpriced new works ($50,000 each) by
unknown artists Glen Hansen and Colin Brown at the Fischbach Gallery were all sold out by the nights end... Just goes to prove.. these silly multi-millionaires people will buy almost anything that looks pretty over the sofa at the ADAA fair.
(Photo #1, just seemed to sum up the night..I think it was the Washburn Gallery Booth..all sold of course!)
Some of the the highlights...
- Skarstedt Fine Art - One kick ass little Andy Warhol Mao (not photo #2, this was in Barbara Mathes Gallery) paintings.. and one abfab Cindy Sherman Centerfold
- The Kehinde Wiley's at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.. I just love his work.
- Vintage Robert Frank, Vik Muniz, Robert Polidori and Sally Mann at the booth of photography dealer Edwynn Houk.
- Chiem and Reed with an entire booth installation of Louise Bourgeois sculpture.. wow! (Photo #3)
- Marian Goodman's both which had an amazing Thomas Struth Museum photo, a Rineke Dijkkstra, plus an entire wall of William Kentridge.
- An entire booth of Jennifer Bartlett works at the Locks Gallery.. including several preliminary drawings for her masterpiece Rhapsody.
A few last observations..
1. Almost no new artists work were displayed.
2. Not much color photography, and almost no video/new media. And
3. Jeeeze, the "People" over at L & M Arts have way too much money!! Their booth easily had over
$20 million the annual GDP of a third world country in art. You think they'd consider an adult adoption program ?
More to come.. so many art fairs.. so little time.