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Tools for Thought

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I am lucky enough to have a brave friend who just returned home after a month of organizing foreign aid efforts from a military camp in Jacmel, Haiti. From her most recent update: “The most amazing thing so far is how many people have a smile and a friendly word to offer to a stranger walking through their nightmare. It’s incredible.”

Maximizing the resources available to them, the chic chicks Diana Campbell and Julie Ragolia bring us Tools for Thought, a beneficent fundraiser event with lots of hot objets d’art to warm your heart and your briefs alike.  Joined by a few curatorially-oriented and well-connected friends, Diana and Julie invited almost 100 artists to select a tool or object relevant to their work or personal life.

African mask from Gordon Hull

“We are looking for a rather unusual donation from the best artists in the world:  a ready- made object…anything from a tool to a book to an old shoe…that the artist will sign and tell a story about.  That object, no matter what it is, will be sold at a silent auction that night.”

(l-r) Shoplifter's synthetic hair, Dan Colen's crackpipe vase, Francesca DiMattio's papier-mache vase

The event originally was scheduled for February 22nd, but in the days leading up to that, the organizers were overwhelmed with queries from collectors, press, artists, and other art world lurkers.  The promised Patti Smith performance might have something to do with that.  Lo, the extra weeks of prep time enabled them to design an impressive website and nearly double the number of artists taking part, which includes current Whitney Biennialinas Huma Bhabha and Aurel Schmidt; Skin Fruitcakes Dan Colen, Richard Prince, Liza Lou, Terence Koh, and of course, Jeff Koons; the recently repatriated Gavin Russom; and those geriatric giants Ed Ruscha and Lou Reed.

Skateboards by X-Games champs Jeff Koons and Marilyn Minter

Personally, I have my eye on the Ofiliated Voodoo Flag by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge:

Hot

And will cower as far as possible from this monstrosity:

"How High," 2010, pencil, mix CDs, and vitamins on paper

This looks promising and easily worth every penny of the Benjamins you and your date will drop on tickets, most of which is tax deductible.  Apotheke, the downtown cocktail specialists, will provide relief of a different kind.  Total fox Alexandra Richards will DJ (hey, u can brw my mix cds lol!).  And did we mention Patti Smith?

“We are looking for a rather unusual donation from the best artists in the world:  a ready- made object…anything from a tool to a book to an old shoe…that the artist will sign and tell a story about.  That object, no matter what it is, will be sold at a silent auction that night

Round 2

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Greetings from the Miami Beach Convention Center!

The humid air provided remedy by helping me to sweat out all of the toxins from last night’s tour of open bars and nightclubs that still allow smoking indoors.

(l-r) Sterling Ruby @ Pace Wildenstein, Thomas Houseago @ Michael Werner
(l-r) Sterling Ruby @ Pace Wildenstein, Thomas Houseago @ Michael Werner

Supposedly, art is selling steadily, just not at the maniacal pace of years past.  Many of the booths look conservative, peddling old reliables: Alex Katz, Warhol, Richter, Richard Prince, lots of pop.  The oozy, polychrome Sterling Ruby monument at Pace Wildenstein was memorable, as was a towering Thomas Houseago sculpture. Actually, many other giant figures populated the fair, perhaps sired by Marc Quinn’s 500-kg orchid cast in bronze.

Marc Quinn @ Thaddaeus Ropac
Marc Quinn @ Thaddaeus Ropac

Meanwhile, there’s a revolution of round supports:

Robert Mangold
Robert Mangold, Ring Image H, 2009

Marc Quinn, We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars, 2009
Marc Quinn, We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars, 2009

Ugo Rondinone, No. 92, 1997
Ugo Rondinone, No. 92, 1997

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2009
Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2009

And myriad mirrors, stainless steel, and other reflective surfaces:

Tony Cragg, Inclination, 2009
Tony Cragg, Inclination, 2009

David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen
David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen

More Altmejd, this guy rocks
More Altmejd, this guy rocks

Jonathan Monk, Deflated Sculpture, 2009
Jonathan Monk, Deflated Sculpture, 2009

Relentlessly awesome Jim Lambie, at Anton Kern Gallery
Relentlessly awesome Jim Lambie, at Anton Kern Gallery

Do collectors love to see themselves in their art?  Is narcissism a component of conspicuous consumption?  Let’s ask the pros.  Overseeing this empire of objects are Art Basel Co-Directors Marc (with a C) Spiegler and Annette Schönholzer:

Art Basel Co-Directors Marc Spiegler and Annette Schönholzer
Art Basel Co-Directors Marc Spiegler and Annette Schönholzer

Super artist Ai Weiwei (r) and Camille X (l)
Super artist Ai Weiwei (r) and Camille X (l)

My favorite thing so far has been the Wade Guyton wall at Friedrich Petzel. EXCLUSIVE to the SVA blog, Andrea Teschke, Director of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, talks us through it. Thanks, Andrea!

My least favorite thing was the rhinestone-coated deer by Marc Swanson at Richard Gray Gallery. Deer art went extinct in 2004, followed soon by sasquatch art. It’s not better than Liza Lou, and def can’t beat Damien Hirst: you can’t top his diamond skull, which is the ultimate in Bedazzler Art. Shouldn’t I shell out my $60,000 for some real bling?

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