March 15, 2005 - Artforum - SCENE & HERD AT THE ARMORY SHOW
March 15, 2005

SCENE & HERD AT THE ARMORY SHOW

Photos: Patrick McMullan/PMc  

Scene & Herd at The Armory Show

DAVID RIMANELLI ON THE ARMORY SHOW GALA

“By 4:15PM, fair administrators had taken to the floor with megaphones, determined to remove the equally determined shoppers who were still busily extracting preferred-customer favors from their dealers of choice. It wasn’t until close on 5PM that the last Hort and hanger-on was shown the door as the first of the paid ticket-holders filed in.” READ ON www.artforum.com/diary/
LINDA YABLONSKY ON THE BRITISH INVASION

“Gagosian gallery reps from London, New York, and Los Angeles continually sidled past each other whispering bon mots like, ‘If your guy decides not to take it, my guy is definitely in.’ One gallery director, when asked about the delicate politics of favoring one collector over another, replied, ‘My whole job is keeping clients from knowing how ugly it really gets.’ If rumor can be believed, Gagosian sold out Hirst’s show for somewhere between 18 and 20 million to cats fat enough to make the requisite snap judgments.”

“As word filtered down from Park Avenue that the Hirst party had turned into an intensely British “art-fuck” fueled by a deejay imported from Leeds, half of Hume’s party departed for Lever House, while other guests drifted on to dealer Gavin Brown’s apartment-above-the-store way down on Greenwich Street for a command performance by Martin Creed.” READ ON www.artforum.com/diary/
ANDREW HULTKRANS ON J.T. LEROY: THE MOVIE

“Argento’s effort is at once more expert and affecting than these and other junky travelogues, largely due to the delicate balance of debasement and tenderness in LeRoy’s work. It also doesn’t hurt that The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things is, despite its horrific context, a cute child’s coming-of-age story.” READ ON www.artforum.com/diary/

Coming next: Michael Wilson on “Greater New York” and Rhonda Lieberman on New York collectors’ open houses.

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