Cristina Ruiz, The Art Newspaper‘s Damien Hirst spot correspondent, currently in the middle of a worldwide quest to visit the 11 Gagosian spot shows, is not a fan of the gallery’s New York staff. “It’s a good thing I didn’t start the spot tour in New York,” she writes, “because, if I had, I probably would have given up after the first gallery.”
Ms. Ruiz accuses the staffers of “snotiness,” regaling us with the story of an art buyer for Bill Gates who once stopped by the gallery unannounced only to be rebuffed by rudeness. “The staff in New York are so deliberately unhelpful that it makes you wonder if they’ve been specifically instructed to obstruct the press,” she concludes.
If you’re just joining us, Ms. Ruiz has been keeping a running total of the costs for her spot painting trip. Ahead of her final stop in Beverly Hills, she has so far spent $2,751.75.