Friday, May 18, 2007

Short and Sweet Shameless Self-Promotion

It wasn't until I saw that the written summary of the interview on CNBC yesterday made me seem less of a bumbling idiot than I felt I must have come across as, that I decided to post a link.

A good friend of mine in the movie and TV business has graciously offered to critique it for me over cocktails soon (he said I did 90% of what one should correctly, which is kind, I think, but...), so I look forward to his professional opinion, but feel free to offer your own (professional or not) feedback. Those foolish enough to offer their opinions in public have it coming:

Labels: art market


Blogger Mark Creegan said...

Just saw the vid! Great job! I thought you made a good point about not being able to see the bubble burst yet due to the different factors (ie global artworld) than in the late 80s. I thought it was funny how that host seemed to be trying to stir up some contraversy.

5/18/2007 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous bambino said...

totally i agree with you mark

ed you did what you have to do as a dealer, great job

5/18/2007 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful job Ed. And, you didn't sound like either a drone or benzedrine addled delivery vehicle.

5/18/2007 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hated the tie Ed. Stay away from them.


5/18/2007 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the tie.

5/18/2007 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous bambino said...

me 2

5/18/2007 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Did they ask you to put on makeup?

5/18/2007 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous derek said...

Ed, you executed the interview professionally and remained informed without losing sight of the issue.

I especially liked the part stating: "It is worth what someone is willing to pay for it." Isn't that the whole point of what we do? Though I am not naive about the mass and gravity of the art market, I find it interesting that the market increasingly finds a way to weasel itself in on the discourse of art.

5/18/2007 05:17:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Did they ask you to put on makeup?

No. Goddamit. And I had a big zit on my nose yesterday. I haven't seen it on a HDTV, but I'm sure that pimple jumps off the screen.

It was really fun, but not at all what I expected. Actually, it was easier to relax the way they do it.

They sit you by yourself in a room smaller than our gallery bathroom, with a backdrop behind you and a camer ain front of you. They put an ear piece in your ear and a mic on your lapel and leave you alone, sitting there. Eventually a voice comes through the ear piece and does a sound check.

They'll turn on a monitor for you if you like, but I thought that would be too weird (Why is he looking down at the floor?), so I opted to turn it off.

That might have been a mistake. I almost didn't realize that Bill (who I never met, but who addressed me so cheerily you would have thought we were acquaintances) was addressing me, he said "Ed" so softly, that I paused a moment mentally wondering whether I should talk.

The producer had told me "look straight into the camera (which I wasn't very consistent about), relax, and be lively" but that was it for instructions.

It made me understand why folks sometimes seem a beat behind the anchors in interviews. You're not sure when you're being addressed.

Again, though, it was brilliant fun.

5/18/2007 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

I think you did a great job, too. I know I would have been completely nervous and tripping all over my own words. You came across as calm and professional with something to say. I agree too that it seemed like the host kept trying to pit you both against each other somehow ("Elieen, you know what I'm talking about...")

I've never seen the Warhol piece, and I'm certainly no art historian... but what makes this particular piece so attractive? From the little video blurb I saw I think it looks ugly. And certainly not nearly as well known as the soup cans, Marilyns or Maos. So what is important about it? (provenance aside, of course!)

5/18/2007 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

So what is important about it?

I'm considering an entire post about that, and want to do a bit more research to make sure all my ducks are in a row, but essentially, the "Death and Disaster" series is the one that, to my mind, separated Warhol out (and truly focused on the underlying theme of a good deal of his other work, even when it wasn't obvious) from the other post-war artists and made him am undeniably important figure in 20th Century art history.

Also, I'm still convnced Genet was right that the only two subject suitable for truly serious art are sex and death, but I'll concede that's debatable.

5/19/2007 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Torak said...

I liked the tie - not that I thought it was either a good tie or a bad tie but rather that I liked the way it immediately caught the eye and gave you an instant visual identity. Also you sounded both intelligent and warm - good job!

One question I never hear discussed (probably because I am not listening very closely) is what is the relationship, if any, between the art market at the auction level and what is going on down here on the ground where I live. I have a nice steady little career going: I sell my work pretty consistently around $12,000-$16,000 with the occasional leap to $50,000. I'd like to think that Warhol's big sale is somehow going to help me but I don't really see the mechanism by which that would happen.

Looking forward to your upcoming post on Warhol's Green Crash.

Can't sex and death be inherent in the way something is painted without being the (obvious) subject matter?

5/19/2007 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

Great job, Ed. Sunday political talk shows are next. :-)

5/20/2007 11:53:00 PM  
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