The Art Show, the 2008 ADAA Fair.... All Hat and No Cattle..?
Last night was the VIP preview for The Art Show (ADAA Fair) at the uptown Armory.
What a difference a year makes! It was soooo different than last years 2007 ADAA Fair preview... It was very calm and almost tranquil.. not even close to the typical cattle call... can anyone say recession?
Here's just a few MAO observations...
- - It wasn't anywhere near as crowded as 2007, we didn't see much sold either
- - Single artist gallery booths REALLY standout (Tina Barney @ Janet Borden, Jennifer Bartlett at Grey, Amy Sillman @ Sikkema, Richard Prince photos @ Skarstedt, Avedon @ Fraenkel)
- There was much less Warhol than last year
art frenzyenergy of 2006 and 2007 was totally missing.. but the night felt very civilized
- There's a lot of
very busy badrich plastic surgeons on the UES
- Even L&M Arts
with all their Goldman Sacks moneycan stage a totally dull and boring booth
- VIP visitors were spending more time at the bar than the gallery booths
- Dan Tanzilli has a very nice beard
- Compared to 2007, there were very few super
expensivehigh end art works presented here.. we saw almost no multi-million dollar Pollocks, Warhols, Johns, or Hirsts for sale
- Fur Coats are
still tackyback in style on the UES
- There was much more contemporary photography than last year...sweet!
- They really need to make those pulled pork sandwich hors d'oeuvres much bigger!
- We did see a
very over pricedVik Muniz (chocolate series), and a Diane Arbus photo sell in the first few minutes of the fair open... so clearly quality is still in hot demand!
- Art Dealers should never wear
purpleLAVENDER corduroy suits to art fairs, it's not chic, and can make them look fatcheezey
- The MAO Best Booth award goes to the D'Amelio Terras gallery for their all "Suspended Art" theme..totally wonderful !