Friday, November 30, 2007

Marathon Madness

"Endurance is patience concentrated.” Thomas Carlyle

Harking back to a favorite whipping boy around here, Stanley Brouwn's suggestion that all the shoe shops in Amsterdam comprised an exhibition of his work, I'm beginning to think some artist somewhere is bound to take credit for orchestrating the nearly insane schedule being demanded of art viewers this week and next. From the 30+ art openings in Chelsea last night, to the 30 non-stop hours of the New Museum's grand re-opening bash (see Ouroussoff's review of the new building
here and Smith's review of the opening exhibition here), to the next three-to-four days of non-stop flights to Miami from the art lovers capitals of the world, to the week-long marathon of art and all things related awaiting them, it's simply too mad not to have been intentional.

As with any marathon, you'll want to ensure you have a good pair of comfortable footwear, plenty of water, an emergency stash of carbs (preferably chocolate flavored), a sense of where you're going (here's the
New Museum info, and see this round-up of Miami resources on Paddy's site), and throngs of people cheering you on (let's hear it for Lisa Phillips and the New Museum crew!!!).

Bambino and I head out at some ungodly early hour on Sunday, and I'm not sure when the blogging will resume (hopefully I'll get a post or two written in between Mojitos...er, I mean business meetings). Hope to see you, here or there!

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17 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

I'm in need of a nap just reading your itinerary. You'll be the talk of the beach! Pass the sunscreen.

11/30/2007 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to bring their wallets-$$$!

11/30/2007 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

But why is it important, unless you're buying something, to attend all these vernissages???

Why make it a marathon?


Take your time, read some PR, select what you think sounds good, then take a slow stroll to visit a grapple of them. Important: don't read too much reviews until you've seen the work yourlsef. Try to not have too much friends too: there's
nothing more annoying to your life than a buzz.

After you visited all you wanted to see, if you read something in a review that sounds like something you missed out and must see, than go see it in the last minutes, on the last day. Just be that darn last-minute looser, the one that always catch up on things after everybody else, because on that very last moment you'll be delighted to think that it's better you saw it in the last minute than not see it.


Cheers,

Cedric Caspesyan
centiment@hotmail.com

12/01/2007 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know you people but all this BMMB and all the fairs and stuff is making me sick.

I have a bad feeling, an uneasiness I can't explain.

12/02/2007 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing about The New Museum in ARTNET. They are so obvious. Vanity.

Perhaps, in a couple of days, so people don't talk about it.

12/03/2007 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

you mean the new museum is pretty much vanity? I concur.
How is the New Museum different? It's more of the same - just like making a crack in the floor or some other "neo-dadaist" gesture like digging into the foundations (been done, again and again.

These gestures mark territory, form sentences, no doubt in a vital conversation about what...oh yeah, money.

Thanks for pointing out the solution/problem, thanks. Reminds me of the time the blacks moved in and ruined the inner city and then this other time when gentrification ruined the city and then this other time when the city got hit with a dirty nuke.

Despite all my rage I'm still asking: where's the cheese?

12/04/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I mean Artnet is a gallery listing with a vanity magazine attached.

They mentioned the NM today.

12/04/2007 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Sunil said...

Good luck, Ed. Looking forward to posts from you on your getting back.
Sunil

12/05/2007 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Hey?! Winkleman is at Pulse this year, instead of Aqua. I guess that means, if we're all honest about how these things work, graduating from 3rd rate to second rate gallery, is it not? So: congratulations ! ;-)

(first rate would be Basel, but, you know what I mean, Landau from Montreal are at Basel and I don't find it a serious gallery, it hasn't been in ages. Basel only mean you sell stuff that go by the 6 zeros.)

Cheers,

Cedric Caspesyan (that 339th rate blogger)

12/08/2007 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami Beach and Wynwood;so much art together....

This is crazy!

12/09/2007 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millions and millions in sales....yes! Viva Miami!

12/09/2007 05:30:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

There are too many fairs, and their names are not helpful; they are trying to be "hip" and short and kind of meaningful, but it would really be better if it was "Basel" and then A B C D E F G so you could check off what you'd seen rather than have to recall if Pulse was NADA or Red Dot was Whatsitsname.

But, as I said to many people I know, Miami is a great place to be in December in spite of the Art Fairs (and of course because of them) The hammocks at Pulse were divine. The weather was divine, of course. The A/C at some of the hotels on Collins was not divine.

Edward it was a pleasure meeting you (at Pulse), seeing your wares, and, as I told you, I love the blog and its straightforwardness.

12/09/2007 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Were the hammocks at Pulse?

Oh, and one of the amusing things at Art Basel was the different floor coverings the galleries had -white carpet, black carpet, gray carpet, of varying thickness and density,i.e. Richness is all its meanings, or concrete with big old manhole covers and stuff.

12/09/2007 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Just back from Miami, y'all, and eager to begin blogging. I'm planning venue-by-venue posts that will appear over the next few weeks, every couple of days. If it's OK with Ed, I'll let you know when the posts begin I do have a title for my little epic: Fair Factor.

Meanwhile, Cedric, having been to at least 15 fairs over the past five days, I can address your qualitative comment with the response that it's a quantitative issue. The big fairs consists of big-name, big-budget galleries that sell big-ticket art.

Pulse (and Scope and others)are quantitavely smaller--in reputation, price, size of booth, etc. The work is not second rate; nor are the dealers or the venues. We're simply talking smaller space, smaller prices, lesser known names. (Well, there were a couple of second-rate fairs in this genre, but that's because they were not well conveived or curated, not because the genre is inherently second rate.)

Aqua on Collins Avenue is smaller still. Not lesser, just smaller--intimate, and quite a lot of fun, actually. (Aqua had a second location this year, not far from Pulse, that was more Pulse-like in size, with some very good midlevel galleries.)

12/09/2007 08:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

I meant in my post to take all this with a grain of salt.
I'm sorry if it wasn't clear.

In the mind of collectors they really think of it the way I described it.

I visit tons of No Rate galleries that never attend to any art fairs and don't even exactly sell art, and they present some of the best art.



Cheers,

Cedric Caspesyan
centiment@hotmail.com

12/10/2007 11:59:00 AM  
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