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Two Lady Artists with Bees in Their Bonnets

10 December 2006

Artastrophe



Overheard in Miami:

"Daniel Reich is like Woody Allen on LSD."


What we saw, artwise:

* Deer: a thousand or more created or represented in every conceivable medium
* Chandeliers: almost as many
* Natural sponges glued to canvas: just a couple
* Wan little drawings that take up a fraction of the page: in every booth at every fair
* Felt: many yards
* Porn: never goes out of style
* Pornbroidery: in decline but still quite popular
* Artwork that made fun of art fairs: lots, usually accompanied by unironic red dots
* Satellite fairs spinning around Miami Basel: Somebody said there were 12

And for the non-art, but still artastrophic:

* Anxious clipboard people: hovering in doorways behind countless velvet ropes
* Exhausted art dealers earning their 50%: I wouldn't want to be one
* Big hairy male butts mooning the poolside crowd at ritzy hotels: only one thank god
* Excessive and ostentatious Japanese minimalism: more is less
* $20 million loft apartments: one
* $20 drinks: shockingly common
* Babies: everywhere
* Outrageous fake ta-tas: a gazillion times two
* Martha Stewart: one
* Enough art to make us feel insignificant and inconsequential for months to come: yes

Well, it'll take us a while to recover from all that.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed it... could have gone, made plans, but canceled. Thanks for cluing me in on what I (sorta) missed.

7:33 PM  
Blogger That Broad said...

I was wondering what would happen when all those deer I've been seeing converged in one place...

8:32 PM  
Blogger This Broad said...

it was a forest of deers! actually, there were a lot of forests too. Artists like the woods right now; trees, leaves, antlers, dirt, shacks with wood paneling decorated with a 70s aesthetic, etc.

12:41 PM  
Blogger That Broad said...

having lived through that era for real, I don't understand the appeal at all!

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Rebel Belle said...

I swear to god that I didn't go to Miami, and yet there is a deer in my latest painting. WTF!!

Thanks for the heads up on this. I will scrape it out tomorrow. I live in Raleigh on purpose, I don't want to paint what everyone else is painting.

I must stay away from PaintersNYC. Bas influence.

Today I went to my friend Richard's studio to look at his latest painting. It was the killing of Acteon (he was the hunter whom Diana turned into a STAG because he was a bad boy).

Scary.

7:48 PM  
Blogger That Broad said...

you see! they're everywhere. I have never been in favor of culling, but now I'm reconsidering my position.

10:43 PM  

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